What Types Of Accidents Result In Premises Liability Lawsuits?
Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries commonly result in premises liability lawsuits. However, a premises liability lawsuit could result from any set of circumstances under which you sustain an injury due to an unreasonably dangerous condition on someone else’s property, so long as the owner of the property knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to exercise ordinary care.
Is Comparative Or Contributory Negligence Or Fault Ever Applicable In These Cases?
Comparative or contributory negligence or fault certainly could be applicable in premises liability cases, because you do have some level of responsibility for maintaining your own safety. If you’re doing something hazardous or otherwise not taking steps to ensure your own safety, then that could be an issue, even if the cause itself was a dangerous condition on someone else’s property.
Who Is Potentially Liable In A Premises Liability Case?
In general, the owner or occupier of the premises would be held liable in a premises liability case.
What Protocol Should Someone Follow After being Injured In A Slip and Fall Accident?
Within minutes of a slip and fall accident, the evidence could be gone. For this reason, it is important that someone immediately take photos of where the accident occurred. If a spill in a grocery store was to blame for a slip and fall accident and there was evidence that the spill had been there for some time (perhaps streaks caused by grocery wheels rolling through it), then that would help make a strong case for liability on the part of the store. Regardless of the mechanism of injury, seek medical attention right away if you sustain an injury. In addition, make sure you follow the recommendations the doctor gives you, because the insurance companies will use any failure to do so as evidence that the injury is unrelated to the accident.
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