We all enter the property of others. This could be the neighbor’s house, an office building, the grocery store, the post office or a restaurant. When visitors enter these properties, one is under the impression that they safe to enter and remain at these locations. Unfortunately, if a property owner does not take steps to protect against such injuries, it is possible to hold them responsible for any injuries that arise from an accident occurring on their property.
The winter weather in New York and other states can be gruesome. It is not only difficult to drive in, but it can also present challenges for those walking in snowy and icy conditions. This not only means slippery sidewalks but could also mean wet and slippery conditions inside of public places. No one expects to encounter such dangerous conditions when entering a store; however, a slip-and-fall accident is very possible.
How can you prove liability in a slip-and-fall action? Because property owners have the duty to reasonable maintain safe conditions at his or her property, liability could be placed on a property owner in the event that a patron is injured due to a fall. The one thing to consider when assigning liability is whether the property knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
Time is a factor here. If something just spilt in the store and mere moments a person slipped in the spilt liquid, the property owner did not have enough time to know about the dangerous condition and take action to correct it. However, if there are snowy conditions outside and foot traffic is bringing in snow, causing wet and slippery conditions inside of the store, the property owner should not only know about these conditions but should have taken steps to warn patrons and take steps to reduce or prevent falls. This could look like using rugs, mopping up wet areas and putting out warning signs.
A slip-and-fall could result in serious injuries. A victim could suffer a head injury, broken bones and even internal injuries. It is not only important for victims to address the injuries suffered but also understand the damages he or she could recover. A premises liability action could help address these losses