You slipped and fell while walking up the stairs into a restaurant. Even though you sustained a severe high ankle sprain and bone bruising, you should’ve watched where you were walking, right? A slip and fall injury can leave you feeling helpless. You might be wondering, “How do I prove negligence in a slip and fall claim?”
With the right attorney, it’s a lot easier than you think.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Claim? | Duty of Care
Property owners owe their visitors and guests a “duty of care.” This means that they are required to maintain their property and keep it safe. When that duty is breached, the owner becomes negligent for any accident that might happen, such as a slip and fall injury.
How Do I Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Claim? | Examples
When maintenance is inadequate or conditions are dangerous, the property owner or manager could be held legally responsible for your slip and fall injury. Hazardous debris, wet floors, uneven flooring, unmarked dangerous conditions, and icy/snowy walkways are all examples of dangerous conditions left unchecked. If the property owner knows of these conditions and does nothing to remedy it, then they have breached their duty of care.
However, there must be a direct correlation between your injury and the property owner’s negligence. If you trip over your own feet, then it doesn’t really matter if the property owner neglected to fix a tear in the carpet. Likewise, if you are trespassing, your slip and fall claim will not matter.
Contact Certa Law Group Today
Certa Law Group can help you evaluate your situation to determine what you should do next. If you are not sure whether you have a case, meeting with an experienced Edmonds slip and fall lawyer on our team is a great way to find out. Call today to schedule an appointment or to get more information. Consultations are free, and we welcome the opportunity to serve you.