With the winter months coming, victims of slip and fall accidents should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Slip and fall accidents can happen on icy sidewalks, snow-covered parking lots or in a store with puddling water in the aisles. However the slip and fall accident is caused, it can cause serious injuries for the victims.
Liability for a slip and fall accident
Liability for slip and fall accidents depends on several factors. Factors include that the owner or possessor the property created the dangerous or hazardous property condition; the owner or possessor of property knew the dangerous or hazardous property condition existed and was negligent in failing to remedy it; or the dangerous or hazardous property condition existed for a period of time that made is so the owner or possessor or property should have known about it and corrected it. In addition, the owner or possessor of property can be liable for a failure to warn of a known dangerous or hazardous property condition or one that they should have known about.
Damages for a slip and fall accident
Potential damages for slip and fall accidents include compensation for the victim’s physical, financial and emotional injuries. This can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages or pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims of a slip and fall accident pursue compensation of their damages from a negligent property owner or possessor.
Premises liability laws protect victims who have been injured on the property of another. Victims should be familiar with these protections and how they can help them with their physical, financial and emotional damages.