2 Basic Rules for Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries can occur at a number of different locations - residences, commercial buildings or public property. While the details and circumstances related to an accident can vary, there are two basic rules that apply to injuries in any of these locations.

1. Owners must keep their property safe. As a tenant, shopper or visitor you should not be subjected to an unreasonable risk of injury while on another's property. Therefore, the owner (or occupier) of a property has the legal duty to keep their property safe. For example, if the condition of the property is dangerous or poorly maintained, or the construction is shoddy, you may have the grounds for a case if you suffered a slip and fall injury (if the owner was negligent). The reason behind this rule is that you do not have control over the safety of another's property - they do.

2. The injured party must have been using the property in a normal manner. In addition to the first rule, the tenant, visitor or shopper must have been conducting themselves in a regular or normal way when the injury occurred. For example, if you are skateboarding on the rails of a public park and have a slip and fall injury, the owner of the park would not be liable. This is not the normal manner for using handrails. Therefore, if the injured party was acting in an unauthorized, unexpected or careless way, they may not be able to bring a case against the owner for their injuries.

All slip and fall injuries have unique circumstances. It is recommended that you contact our office to discuss the details of your accident.

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