Slip and fall accidents are most commonly referred to as premises liability cases. For the most part, the owner of the property or the maintenance crew is responsible for the safety and upkeep of the property. A majority of states require the owner to maintain the property so there is no immediate risk or harm to the visitors. These laws generally apply to both homeowners and business owners, but it really depends on the specific state.
A merchant has a responsibility to maintain the premises to ensure the passageways and floors are reasonably safe for patrons. This responsibility also includes providing a reasonable effort in removing potentially hazardous entities that could cause a potential for danger.
If you or someone you know has been injured on a commercial or residential property, there may be potential for a claim to be filed. These claims include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, or a loss in pay.
If you are involved in a slip and fall incident there are a number of actions you should take including:
- Recording important information from the owner of the property
- Writing names and information of witnesses
- Taking pictures of the injury and the scene of the accident
- Giving statements to the insurance company
- Seeking medical attention if necessary.
If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident it is important to obtain legal representation before filing a claim. Morton J. Shuman would be happy to represent you and get the results you deserve.