Obligations of Property Owners.
Generally, a property owner has a legal obligation to keep the property in a reasonable state of repair and to warn invitees of, and protect invitees from, known dangers. This obligation may mean that the owner must rope off the cracked tile on the floor until it can be fixed, mop up the puddles that form around the front door when it rains, or clean up the spill on aisle six as soon as it is discovered. This sounds like common sense, but it is surprising how often property owners do not do this, causing unnecessary injuries.
If you do slip and injure yourself, try to keep your wits about you. Although it is often hard to remember to do so after being injured, record the exact location and get the names of people who witnessed what happened. If possible, take pictures. If you do not do this, when you go back later the accident scene will be cleaned up, making your claim harder to prove. Do not give a statement about what happened, and DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer. Remember, in real life a slip and fall is no laughing matter.
The National Floor Safety Institute has some interesting statistics on slip and fall accidents.
Remember, if you need a personal injury or wrongful death attorney, The Messina Law Firm, PC is here for you. Contact us if you’d like free no-obligation assistance with your slip-and-fall accident questions.