Slip & Fall Accidents Law

Slip and fall accidents law is a tort law.  Under this law the owner of the property in which the accident took place has to be proved as the negligent party.  A slip and fall accident may cause a fractured arm, leg, head, back or neck.  The reason for the accident may be something spilled on the floor, a just mopped floor, snow which has not been cleared, a carpet which has not been laid properly, wires strewn across the floor or floor unevenness.

Under the slip and fall accidents law, the property owner can prove that he’s not negligent by showing that

  • He had no time to discover the danger and warn the victim.
  • The injured person was at fault.  He had not done any due diligence to avoid the slippage or fall.

If the property owner is a government institution, then the law is slightly different.  The victim will have to file a claim within the prescribed time limit which is usually a short period.
The victim under the slip and fall accidents law can be classified as any of the following:

Invitee

The victim may have been a person invited to the property by the owner usually for business purposes.  When he was there he has slipped or fallen.  He can file a suit against the property owner claiming that his fall was due to the negligence of the property owner.

Licensee

This is a person who has been invited for a non-business purpose.  When he was on the property he has slipped or fallen.  Here too, he can claim damages from the property owner saying that he fell due to negligence or lack of due diligence by the property owner.

Trespasser

This person has not been invited by the owner but has trespassed on to the property in the course of which he has slipped or fallen.  Such a person generally cannot make any claim unless it can be proved that the property owner caused him harm on purpose.

The victim under the slip and fall accidents law can file for damages for the expenses incurred or for the mental trauma caused.


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