When you enter into a building, to a certain degree, you are placing your trust in the property owner's hands. You expect the premises to be void of serious hazards that might injure you. Unfortunately, all too often, people slip and fall, sustaining serious injuries. A "slip and fall" injury is not necessarily limited to slips. It can include tripping, stumbling, and losing balance because of someone else's negligence. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
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Fing The Responsibile Party
In many premises liability cases where a slip and fall occurs, someone is held accountable. Usually the property owner is responsible. The property owner has an obligation to ensure that the conditions of their premises are safe. Of course, there are certain things that may go unnoticed. However, they have to keep things reasonably safe. This includes making sure stairs are stable, rugs are tucked in, and no nail is jutting out of the floorboard. In most cases there are different types of responsible parties.
The three major types of properties are:
- Commercial property - If a person is injured on commercial premises, the owner of the store or building is responsible for the damages.
- Residential property - This usually includes privately owned homes or grounds. If you sustain an injury because of circumstances that the property owner controlled, they could be held responsible.
- Government property - Government property usually includes spaces owned by a local, state, or federal government agency. Filing a claim against government property owners can be complicated because they abide by stricter rules. They are still responsible for any injury there property may have caused.
Regardless of the form of property, it is important for the owners to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of anyone who might visit.
Proving Slip-and-Fall Accidents
When an individual sustains an injury because of a slip and fall accident, it can be hard to pinpoint who is at fault. The property owner usually jumps to blaming the victim, citing their clumsiness. However, that is usually not the case. The main question that the judge will ask is if the accident could have reasonably be prevented. Was there something that the property owner could have done to stop the slip and fall from happening?
There are key factors that you should look at when trying to prove a slip and fall accident was the fault of the property owner.
A property owner is at fault if:
- He or she created the condition in which the slip and fall occurred
- He or she knew of the condition but did nothing to remedy it
- The condition was there long enough for a reasonable person to notice
Hold Neglgience Accountable. Contact Wyatt Law Firm
At Wyatt Law Firm, our San Antonio slip and fall injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge to handle even the trickiest of cases. Our legal team has over 25 years of experience standing up for victims' rights. We have faith in our abilities to help you. That is why we do not charge you unless we win! What do you have to lose? Call today at 210- 255-2231 to schedule a free consultation. Take the first steps in seeking the justice you deserve!