Slip-and-fall cases are among the most common causes of premises liability claims. It’s easy to slip and fall. For example, if there is some gravel misplaced on steps, you could slip and fall down the stairs. If the sprinkler system gets the porch wet, it could become slick and result in a fall.
When you get hurt on another person’s property, you have the opportunity to file a claim. To win your case, you will be asked to prove fault. To prove fault, you will need to show that:
- The owner of the property created the conditions that led to your injury
- The owner or possessor of the property was aware of the conditions and did not take steps to correct them
- The condition was not corrected and has been present for so long that the owner or occupier should have known about it before you fell.
No one likes the idea of suing a neighbor, friend or family member when they fall and get hurt. In most cases, you won’t have to. You can file a claim with their homeowner’s insurance and get the compensation you need.
However, there are cases in which they may not want to provide you with the compensation you deserve or allow you to make a claim. If that happens, then you’ll want to discuss the case with your attorney to decide how to move forward.
In either case, it’s a good idea to have your attorney help you with your claim so that you can have the support you need to seek in a settlement.