What happens if you fall on someone else’s property? Can you use that as a basis for a personal injury claim? It depends on who was responsible and whether or not a property owner or other person acted negligently and caused the accident due to lack of proper care.
If you were entering an apartment or renting a house and you slip and fall on the landlord’s premises, you may be wondering who you can hold liable for your injuries. In order to illustrate your eligibility to recover from a slip and fall injury claim, you must be able to illustrate negligence. You must be able to show that the property owner or your landlord was negligent. Slipping and falling on the landlord’s property alone does not entitle you to a personal injury claim.
The landlord must have either failed to prevent or have caused the slippery or a broken condition in some manner. Even though your landlord premises may have been unsafe does not automatically mean that the landlord could be held negligent in the slip and fall injury claim. You must be able to illustrate that the landlord should have reasonably known or knew that the premises were in an unsafe condition. Your lease might provide further information about what you may retain responsibility for. For example, if your lease explains that you are responsible for snow removal and you slipped and fell on the snow that you did not have removed, the landlord will most likely not be responsible.
The same goes for if you spilled a substance on your stairs and later slipped on that. However, if the stairs were defective in some way, such as being broken or violating the building code, this would probably lead to a relatively strong case against your landlord. Consulting with an experienced slip and fall injury attorney may help to illuminate you about many of the various issues associated with slip and fall injury claims. Your eligibility to recover compensation may depend on selecting the right lawyer, so do not hesitate to take action.