Negligence must be proven in slip and fall cases

Whether a slip and fall accident occurs on an icy sidewalk outside a residence or due to a spilled substance on the floor of a retail store, the resulting injuries can be painful and debilitating in nature. These injuries often require impacted individuals to seek both immediate and ongoing medical care as broken bones, torn ligaments and back strains are all commonly experienced by individuals who suffer a slip or trip and fall accident.

In cases where an individual slipped or tripped and fell while on property owned by an individual, business or the government; he or she may be able to recover damages by filing a premises liability lawsuit. In cases where an individual chooses to pursue legal action, he or she must be able to prove that a "dangerous condition" existed which a responsible party failed to address or remedy.

In general, when it comes to slip and fall accidents, an individual who chooses to pursue legal action must be able to prove that a responsible party was negligent in contributing to conditions that caused the accident to occur. Proving negligence in slip and fall cases can be difficult and requires the knowledge and skill of a seasoned attorney.

In cases where negligence contributed to an individual's accident and resulting injuries, he or she should be entitled to compensation. Depending on an individual's age, health and overall fitness; accidents involving falls can be extremely serious in nature and result in an individual incurring financial burdens associated with medical expenses, lost wages and disability. Additionally, an individual may be unable to participate in and enjoy other activities or hobbies which they previously enjoyed. It's important, therefore, to speak with an attorney who can help assess whether negligence is a factor and legal action may be appropriate.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview," 2014

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