The Benefits of a Slip & Fall Lawyer
When someone enters a residential or commercial property, they have a reasonable expectation of not getting injured. "Slip and fall" legal cases fall under the category of “premises liability.” The legal theory of premises liability suggests that property owners and residents are liable for accidents and injuries that occur on that property. Slip and fall incidents can occur just about anywhere including in a restaurant, retail or grocery store, or on personal property. In a unique situation last year, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill served on a jury hearing the case of a convenience store accused of negligence. The plaintiff, in this case, was seeking to recover medical expenses and pain and suffering. The victim stated he was “caused to fall” when an employee power-sprayed the sidewalk as he walked by the store.
Causes of Slip & Fall Cases
“There are various conditions both indoors and outdoors that can make a slip and fall accident more likely,” states Alvin Wolff who has over 40 years of legal experience. “Our expert team will properly evaluate all evidence of your case to ensure that you receive proper compensation.” Many dangerous conditions may lead a person to take legal action in a slip and fall case:
- torn carpeting
- poor lighting
- narrow stairs
- wet floors
- broken or cracked public sidewalks
- rain, ice, snow or a pothole
In order to prove your case, it must be shown that:
- The owner created the condition
- The owner knew the condition existed and failed to correct it
- The condition existed for such a length of time that the owner should have discovered and corrected it
Generally speaking, a property owner has a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions on his or her property. In other words, for a property owner is to be held liable, it must have been foreseeable that their negligence would create the danger.
If you've been injured in a slip and fall situation on someone else's property and are considering a legal claim, contact our offices immediately. At Wolff & Wolff, our St. Louis, Missouri office proudly serves the St. Clair, St. Charles and surrounding communities. We are dedicated to producing the most advantageous result for our clients in slip and fall cases. Contact our expert team now at (314) 241-2500. We look forward to talking with you!