Slip and fall accidents occur all across the country in all types of weather; nearly one million slip and fall accidents are reported annually. As you walk on sidewalks and other public or private venues, you expect the walking surface to be stable and safe. In the event of a slip and fall accident, the tenant or proprietor may be liable for damages. It is important to seek out a qualified slip and fall accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines for filing a claim.
Premises Liability Law
The law that covers slip and fall accidents is known as premises liability. The law says that the owner or caretaker of a piece of property that is likely to be used by the public must provide reasonable safety and freedom from environmental hazards. Failure to shovel snow, clear ice, or fix a broken sidewalk that leads to a slip and fall accident is the fault of the proprietor or tenant of the property.
In certain cases, if the hazard cannot be cleared or corrected quickly, the property owner can warn potential visitors about the hazard with a sign or by cordoning off the area. If you fail to heed the warning, you assume some level of risk and may not be eligible to collect damages in the case of a premises liability claim.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Common slip and fall accidents include:
- Tripping on a foreign object or break in the walking surface
- Tripping on an impediment or obstruction
- Stepping into a hole or break in the ground
- Slipping and falling where you are swept off your feet because of a slippery or wet walking surface
If you have suffered personal injury because a property owner or a business establishment has failed to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to bring a claim for damages incurred due to your injury. The premises liability lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers can help you understand your rights under premises liability law in the event of a slip and fall accident.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident anywhere in the United States, please contact our premises liability lawyers today so you can schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation to review your claim. Jacoby & Meyers has offices throughout the U.S.