Property owners have a legal duty to ensure a reasonable level of safety on their premises. If hazardous conditions exist due to their negligence, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries. However, they are not expected to prevent every conceivable accident.
Determining Liability in Slip and Fall Claims
To hold a property owner responsible, the injured person must prove that unsafe conditions led to the accident and that the owner failed to take adequate precautions. Owners can defend themselves by showing proper safety protocols were followed. Other factors like lighting and foot traffic may also influence liability.
Special Liability Considerations in Specific Properties
Certain locations like healthcare facilities, public parks, and rental units have unique liability risks owners must manage. Owners who install their own defective flooring or stairs also assume responsibility for slip and falls directly linked to these deficiencies.
Measuring Damages in Slip and Fall Cases
Minor injuries lead to smaller damage amounts, while major ones like broken bones requiring extended rehab lead to larger settlements. Strong supporting evidence often compels owners to settle before going to court. Damages may include medical costs, lost income, disability costs, and pain/suffering.
Finding liability relies heavily on evidence proving owner negligence directly caused the accident.Owners must routinely inspect for hazards and exercise reasonable care without becoming the insurer of complete safety.