Slip-And-Fall Accidents

It's reasonable to assume, whether you own or rent your property, that you keep its premise relatively safe for all guests and visitors. For example, you aren't likely to leave slick liquids in the doorway which might cause visitors to slip and fall.

Likewise, it's likely you don't have any reason to assume you will sustain an injury from entering a property. For example, when you pull into a friend's driveway, you don't expect to fall on an oil slick they have intentionally left out. However, accidents and injuries do happen when you are on someone else's property (whether commercial or private.)

When an injury occurs because a property owner did not maintain a relatively safe environment, this is called premises liability. If the area promoted a hazardous environment and you sustained injuries because of that, a property owner may be at fault. If this has happened, you may wish to make a claim in an attempt to receive compensation for your injuries, along with any pain and suffering.

When it comes to premises liability cases, depending on your state and circumstances of the slip or fall, there are generally two aspects that are taken into account.

1. The legal status of the visitor

  • An invitee - Refers to one who was invited to the property, and the invitation implies that the property owner has taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all guests. A good example of an invitee is a customer in a store.
  • A licensee - Used to describe one is who enters the property at his or her own reasoning, such as guest, and the property owner is present during this time.
  • A social guest - A welcome visitor to the property.
  • A trespasser - Refers to one who enters the property with no right whatsoever. Therefore, there is no implied promise that the property is deemed safe.

2. The condition of the property

  • Circumstance used when the visitor entered the property
  • How the property was intended to be used and how it was used
  • Foreseeability of the accident or injury

• Reasonableness of the owner's effort(s) to repair dangerous conditions or warn visitors of the danger

If you have or a loved one has been injured during a slip and fall or due to a premises liability, you may be entitled to recover damages for the injuries that resulted. Make sure to obtain the right legal counsel to ensure that you win the settlement that you deserve. Determining the legal rights you have, your claim, and how to handle compensation collection for injuries and damages can be complicated. We are here to help ease the process for you and your family during this difficult time.

Having worked closely with personal injury cases, the Law Office of Jason S. Stevens, LLC, has a unique approach to handling personal injury and negligence cases. Rather than aiming for the quickest settlement possible, we aim to give our clients the maximum payoff they deserve, depending on their unique circumstances.