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What makes a slip and fall a personal injury case?

As you go about your week, you may experience more than one occasion where you slip and fall, especially if you are naturally clumsy. Sometimes you brush it off and get back up, but sometimes this can lead to something more serious.

There are times when it may be legally sound to press charges against a business or property owner when you slip and fall on their land. But, when and how do you know if your slip and fall constitutes a personal injury lawsuit?

What to prove

You likely will not be able to gain compensation for simply slipping and falling due to your own clumsiness. If you can prove one or both of the following as to why someone may be liable for your accident, you may have a viable case on your hands.

  • Preventable conditions: If the property owner should have known that the dangerous conditions were present and did nothing to prevent individuals from falling, they may be liable. The same goes for if the property owner outright knew the conditions were dangerous and did nothing to fix it. 
  • Created conditions: If the property owner caused the conditions of your fall, for example produced a spill that created a slippery spot and did nothing to wipe it up, they may be liable for your injuries.

It can be hard to know whether or not you should take legal action against a property owner, especially if you find yourself slipping and falling often. However, if the fall could have been prevented or was created by a property owner, you may have grounds to file a claim against them.

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