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Who can be at fault for your slip and fall based on location?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Personal Injury |

A slip and fall can happen anywhere, anytime, whether you are out running errands or visiting a friend’s home. After the accident, you may have endless questions, including who could be at fault for your injury. Sometimes, the answer can be straightforward, but other times, the incident’s details can complicate the situation, such as where it happened.

Typically, premises liability laws hold property owners and residents liable for injuries that occurred because of their negligence. However, the location of the accident may shift responsibility, which could happen in the following scenarios:

  • Government agencies — These entities can be at fault if the accident happened on government property, with evidence pointing to the agency’s negligence causing the injury. The statutory limits for these claims could be shorter, requiring victims to file sooner than usual.
  • Landlords — Sometimes, the landlord of a property can be responsible for slips and falls if they occur because of hazards within the premises that they should have corrected, such as leaks, slippery hallways or uneven walkways.
  • Private companies or store owners — Businesses are usually responsible for keeping customers and guests safe. If negligence by an employee or the owner caused or contributed to the slip-and-fall, the victim could file a claim against them.

Aside from the location, other information about the fall can impact who is at fault, such as why the victim was within the premises and the events leading up to the accident.

Knowing what to do after a slip and fall

No matter how simple a slip and fall appears, it can quickly become complex as you investigate the incident’s details. As you recall the circumstances of the accident, you may reveal information that can affect your eligibility to file a premises liability claim. To fully understand your situation, seeking legal advice could be beneficial. Experienced guidance may help you evaluate the incident and determine legal options suitable to you.