Brandon Slip and Fall Accidents: What is Premises Liability?

February 17, 2014

Slip and Falls

slip and fallIf you are seriously injured in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property in Brandon, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

This is because individuals who own or manage property have a responsibility to ensure the premise does not pose a safety risk to their guests or the public.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is an area of law that holds the person who is in possession of a property responsible for injuries that occur on their premises.

These laws vary considerably from state to state. Property owners cannot be held liable for just any accident that occurs on their property. Whether or not a property owner can be held responsible for a particular injury depends on factors like why the injured person was on the property and how a given accident took place.

Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident

A slip and fall accident can take place almost anywhere, such as a wet floor inside a store or poorly maintained stairwell in an apartment building.

In some cases, there was nothing that a property owner could reasonably have been expected to have done that could have stopped an accident from taking place. For example, store personnel may not be able to clean up every spill the moment after it takes place resulting in a person being injured in a slip and fall due to a hazard that had been very clearly marked by a property owner.

In order to determine liability and prove fault in a slip and fall injury claim, an injury victim typically needs to prove that the property owner or manager was guilty of at least one of the following:

  • The owner or management of the property had created the safety hazard that caused the accident.
  • The owner or management knew of an existing safety hazard and neglected to address it.
  • The owner or management could reasonably have been expected to have known of and addressed the safety hazard.

Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident in Brandon? Call our Slip and Fall Lawyers Today at 813-321-5757!

Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 813-321-5757 if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Brandon slip and fall accident. Our slip and fall lawyers serve the Brandon area and may be able to fight for your rights.