What is considered “reasonably safe” in a slip and fall case?

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, it is important to consider your legal options. A viable slip and fall claim hinges on the argument that a landowner did not keep their property “reasonably safe.” But what exactly does this mean? What one person considers to be “reasonably safe” might not fit another person’s definition.

When it comes to slip and fall injury claims, the law assesses if the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known, about the danger and if he/she subsequently took action to correct it. Premises liability attorneys will also assess the injured person’s involvement in the accident and whether he/she was reasonably careful on the property.

In many premises liability claims, the landowner was not aware of the danger on their property. In these cases, personal injury attorneys can provide may look to answer:

  • Was the dangerous condition something that the property owner would have had control over? Inclement weather, for example, often causes slip and fall injuries but is not something that a property owner could control.
  • Did the dangerous condition exist long enough that the property should have known about it?
  • If a foreign object on the ground caused the injury, was there a valid reason for this object to be there?
  • If the injury was related to building or premises disrepair, does the property owner regularly inspect the premises for damage and necessary repairs?

In cases where the property owner knew about the dangerous conditions, a personal injury lawyer might seek to answer:

  • Was there any way that the property owner could have warned visitors about the damage?
  • Did the property owner have concrete plans in place to repair the damage?
  • Did an unnecessary amount of time pass between when the property owner discovered the damage and when he/she arranged for repairs to be made?

Additionally, an experienced slip and fall attorney would have to determine whether the injured party was lawfully on the premises where they were injured. If a person was trespassing and became injured, they may not have a case. If you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact us today. 

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