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When is a property owner liable for a slip and fall injury?

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2021 | Slip and Fall Accidents |

People in the San Fernando Valley go onto other people’s property every day. People may be going to work, friends or family members’ homes, retail stores, grocery stores, gas stations, entertainment venues and many other locations. When they go to these various locations, they usually are set on their purpose for being there. They generally are not thinking about potential dangers and have an expectation they will be safe.

Accidents occur on other people’s property though. People visiting the property may not be familiar with it or potential hazards on the property. When they encounter these hazards, accidents can occur and people can suffer injuries as a result. Some of these injuries can be severe as well. Some people will require extensive medical treatment as they recover. They may also miss time at work as well. This means that the injuries can create difficult financial problems in addition to the physical problems.

The victims of these slip-and-fall accidents may be entitled to compensation from the property owner, but in order to receive the compensation they must prove that the property owner is at fault for the accident.

How to prove fault in slip and fall accident

To do this, victims must prove that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition. There are three ways that victims can prove this. One is that the property owner or its employees caused the dangerous condition to be there; another is that the property owner or its employees had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition; or the dangerous condition was one that a reasonable person in the same position as the property owner or its employees should have known was there.

Once the victim establishes that they knew about the dangerous condition, they must show that the property did not either remedy it or did not adequately protect people from being injured by it. If the victim can prove those elements they may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, lost income and potentially pain and suffering associated with the injury.

Unfortunately, many people in the San Fernando Valley are injured when on other people’s property. The injuries can be devastating and change people’s lives dramatically as they recover from the injuries. They can also be very costly as well. While the potential compensation will not heal the injuries it can be very helpful as people recover. Experienced attorneys understand the elements and may be able to help make one whole after a slip and fall accident.