Disclaimer: The information below is merely guidelines on the things that you must prove to win a slip and fall injury claim after deciding to file and isn’t meant to be interpreted as legal advice. You should call a personal injury lawyer who can discuss your legal options in case a slip and fall accident happens to you and even help you win your corresponding injury claim.

In beauty pageants, a contestant who accidentally stumbles while walking onstage usually turns into a spectacle. You might not be famous like that said beauty pageant contestant as you prefer living a simple life instead, but like them, you can also slip and fall anytime and anywhere. If you came out of your slip and fall accident uninjured, you can consider yourself lucky. However, if you’ve sustained physical injuries as a result of the same accident, you can file a slip and fall injury claim. You must prove the following first though so that you can win it instead of becoming a laughing stock in court:

  1. Either the owner of or an employee working on the property had an obligation to protect anyone who sets foot in it from preventable harm

Someone who owns or is working on a property – whether it be residential, commercial or government – is required by the law to exercise a reasonable standard of care so that those who decide to enter are not in any way injured.

  • Regular checking of the property for any potential hazardous spots as well as periodic maintenance should be in place as most slip and fall accidents are easily preventable.

  • However, for some properties that aren’t open to the public at large, either their owners or any employees working there are bound to exercise care only for those people who have been allowed entry inside them whether they be guests or tenants.

  1. A reasonable person would have identified the same exact spot where you had your slip and fall accident happen to you as being hazardous and would’ve taken precautionary measures so that no one would experience the same incident like yours

One minute, you were casually strolling inside the property where you were allowed to enter. But you suddenly got thrown out of balance, and the next thing you know, you’ve already experienced a slip and fall accident.

  • If either the owner of the property or an employee working on the property were reasonable enough to take care of their guests, they would have installed a warning sign informing you and other people that they might come across a spot where a slip and fall accident can occur should anyone step on it.

  • But if either the owner of the property or an employee working on the property didn’t do anything preventive about the hazardous spot itself that eventually caused a slip and fall accident to happen, they can be held liable for their negligence.

  • Your slip and fall attorney will gather the expert testimony of at least one other person who owns a similar property as the one where you had your slip and fall accident. The lawyer will then make an informed opinion if either the owner of the property or an employee working on the property could’ve prevented your slip and fall accident from happening.

  1. The slip and fall accident that caused you to sustain injuries wasn’t your fault at all

As the owner of the property or an employee working in the property where you had your slip and fall accident also have the same legal rights as you do, they may defend themselves against your claim and even shift the blame on you for being simply too clumsy.

  • You therefore should make sure that you didn’t commit any action that might incriminate you in your slip and fall accident.

  • When walking inside any property, you should focus on walking alone instead of doing the same while texting, eating food, or getting distracted by something so that you won’t be held responsible should you have a slip and fall accident.

  • You also shouldn’t ignore any warning signs that the owner of the property or an employee working in the property displayed informing you that a certain spot can cause you to slip and fall if you step on it.

  • Lastly, you shouldn’t go inside any private property without gaining permission first from its owner or any of its employees so that they would have no reason at all to point out that you were trespassing.

Some people tend to dismiss slip and fall accidents as only one of those bad days when the odds aren’t in their favor.. But if you’ve had one yourself and you received physical injuries because of it, you can’t dismiss the unfortunate incident that happened to you. You will want to make a slip and fall injury claim so that the owner of the property where it occurred can be held accountable under the law. However, you should prove the above-listed elements first so that you can win your slip and fall injury claim and receive ample compensation that may help you recover faster.

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