Slip and fall injuries, also known as a premises liability case, focuses on an area of law involving injuries in or around a place of business, which includes restaurants, grocery stores, and other shopping centers.
In order to have a successful slip and fall case, the law states that an injured person must prove negligence on the part of the property owner to recover damages.
If your fall stemmed from a dangerous condition that the owner(s) should have been aware of, you will be able to recover. However, if the dangerous condition was created suddenly and not by any employee or owner, plus there was no time to notice and clean up the mess, you will most likely not be successful in your case.
To prove negligence, an injury victim must show that the owner/manager/employee of the business knew of the dangerous condition and failed to fix it, or that it had been there long enough that they should have done something about it.
For example, a prolonged leaking freezer that creates a dangerous wet condition that should have been fixed would constitute negligence, while on the other hand, a customer dropping a cup of coffee a few minutes before you slip and fall is typically not grounds for a successful case.
If you fall, you should take photos of the cause of your fall, or if you are too injured to do so, have someone else do it for you. This applies to either inside or outside of a property.
Keep in mind, each slip and fall case is determined by the facts. If you have fallen and are injured, call the attorneys at Stillman and Friedland today for a free consultation and a for full explanation of the law as it pertains to your case. You may reach toll free at 1-800-967-2246 or email us using the consultation form on the right hand side of this page. Additionally, you may contact a representative through our interactive chat feature.