Monthly Archives: May 2014

Question: When is a property owner responsible for my injuries if I slip and fall or trip and fall on their property?

Answer: If you go into a business and are injured in a fall on that property, the owner is not automatically liable for your injuries.  You must be able to show that the property owner is legally responsible (at fault) for your fall.  Unless it can be shown that the property owner has done something wrong (or not done something that should have been done) which caused you fall, you cannot recover damages from the property owner.  The requirement of showing that someone is legally liable for your injuries is a part of all negligence cases.

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Question: If I am injured on another property, what needs to be shown to hold the property owner responsible for my injuries?

Answer: To hold a property owner responsible for your injuries obtained while on that property, you must be able to show that the property owner did something wrong which caused your injuries. For example, if the owner’s employee created a hazardous condition on the property and did not fix it or give adequate warning of the hazard, the owner would be responsible for your injuries. A property owner would also be liable for your injuries if they were caused by a part of the property which was improperly designed or damaged and not repaired. Examples of this could be a staircase with varying heights of steps or a stair-rail which was damaged and not repaired.

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Question: If I slip and fall because of something spilled on the floor at a business, is the business owner responsible to pay for my injuries?

Answer: A business owner may be responsible for your injuries caused by hazards created by employees.  An example of this would be where an employee drips oil on the floor of the store and does not clean it up or give any warning of the oil.  However, if an employee spills something on the floor and immediately goes for a mop to clean it up and in that time someone slips and falls, the owner may not be liable.  Sometimes the type of substance can help determine whether a spill was created by an employee.  For example, if it was determined that a fall was caused by soap spilled on the floor in a store that store doesn’t sell soap, the spill was probably made by an employee using a cleaning product in the store.

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