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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Property owners owe a duty of care to those on their property. If you slip or trip due to some kind of danger or impediment, and are injured, the owner or person in possession of the property is likely liable for damages, provided that they are negligent.

Slips/trips and falls due to negligence come in many forms, but some of the most common cases are slips/trips and falls due to:

  • Uneven/broken walkways, sidewalks, and stairways.
  • Debris, water, or other foreign substances on walkways, sidewalks, or stairways.
  • Snow and ice.
  • Uneven flooring and stairways.
  • Stairways with missing or broken handrails.
  • Any form of hidden hazard unknown to you.

If you believe you were injured in a slip/trip and fall due to negligence, four elements must be proven to succeed in a lawsuit, which are:

  1. The owner owed a “duty of care” (i.e., they had a legal responsibility to protect from unreasonable risk of injury on their property);
  2. The owner breached their duty of care;
  3. The breach caused your injuries (at least in part); and
  4. As a result of your injuries, you experienced damages.

At Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. we pride ourselves on our ability to fight for victims of slips/trips and falls, and have recovered millions in damages for plaintiffs. If you have been hurt in a slip/trip and fall due to negligence, and would like to commence a lawsuit, please reach out to our firm for a free consultation.

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