Slip and Fall: An Overview
Slip and fall accidents occur in a variety of situations. If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property and sustained an injury, you may be entitled to recover damages.
The key element to a recovery in a slip and fall accident is the negligence of the property owner. If you fall simply due to your own carelessness, you are not entitled to compensation, no matter how seriously you may be injured. To prove negligence, your Evansville slip and fall lawyer must establish:
- The existence of a duty by the property owner to maintain that property in a safe manner;
- A breach of that duty as evidenced by a dangerous condition; and
- You were injured as a result of that dangerous condition.
The nature of the duty owed by the property owner may vary depending on why you as the injured party entered the property. For example, a friend who invites you over for a social occasion may have a different duty than does a business owner whose property you enter.
Additionally, there may be several potential negligent parties if you were injured in a commercial setting. The property owner, the business owner who rents the property, the property manager who maintains the property, and other employees may all have some share of liability.
Finally, certain government entities are shielded by law from any claims if you were injured on their property.
Other issues that impact your potential to recover damages are the reasonableness of the property owner’s actions under all the circumstances and whether or not the property owner had notice of the dangerous condition.
Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious, and the legal issues are complex. You need the assistance of an experienced Evansville slip and fall lawyer to help you achieve the best possible outcome. For a free initial consultation with Evansville slip and fall lawyer Lane Siesky, simply call or email Siesky & Viehe Law today.