Slipping and falling over a hazardous condition on another’s property can lead to serious injuries.

If you have been hurt because a property owner or manager neglected to maintain a safe premise, you should consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney.

If you are unsure whether your slip and fall accident is the fault of another, read the following information to determine if you can file a personal injury claim.

Did an Unsafe Condition Exist on the Property?

Property owners are in control of their premises and are responsible for maintaining its conditions to prevent dangerous accidents from occurring.

A property owner owes all guests and visitors a legal obligation to ensure their safety while on his or her premises. He or she is required to fix or correct any known dangerous conditions that exist, as well as anticipate any that might form.

In order for your slip and fall claim to be valid, you must prove you were injured by a hazardous condition that the property owner knew about or should have known about.

Examples of unsafe conditions include:

  • Wet or slick floors
  • Debris in walkways or hidden from view
  • Damaged sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Accumulation of water
  • Exposed cords or wiring that could trip someone

However, property owners are only obligated to make their property reasonably safe for guests and visitors. If you were injured by an unsafe condition that suddenly occurred, like a rainstorm that causes pavement to become wet, your claim might not be valid if the property owner did not have enough time to know about the situation and correct it.

Were You Warned of the Hazardous Condition?

An important aspect of slip and fall claims is whether the property owner made an adequate attempt to warn you of the unsafe condition. A property owner must address and warn others of any unsafe conditions within a reasonable amou