Slip and Fall Accidents

If you slip and fall on another person’s property, then you may have a claim of negligence against the landowner.

Typical Slip and Fall Accident

Typical examples of slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • An icy step or walkway
  • Dangerous depressions or cracks in a sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot
  • Unmarked slippery floors in a store
  • Loose stones or boards in a walkway

If There Is No Neglience

Not all injuries are a result of negligence, and the mere fact that a person slips and falls on another person’s property does not create a cause of action against that property owner. For example, someone can fall simply because that person steps awkwardly and loses balance, through no fault of the property owner.

If There Is Negligence

In order to bring a successful negligence claim for a slip and fall accident you must be able to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the following three conditions exist:

  • First, you must establish that you are lawfully on the owner’s property, because a trespasser generally does not have a legal right to bring a negligence claim.
  • Next, you must establish that there is a dangerous condition that the landowner either knew or should have known about.
  • Third, you must prove that the dangerous condition on the property caused your injury.

At Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. we understand slip and fall cases. We know that all too often injured people are victimized twice in these types of cases–first when they are hurt on the property, and second when the property owner attempts to shirk responsibility by blaming the injured person’s own carelessness.

Because we were senior trial attorneys for insurance companies, we know what claim representatives look at when evaluating whether their insured person is responsible for the injury. We also know the type of expert testimony that can help prove the existence of a dangerous condition on a property. We look forward to using this knowledge, along with our negotiation and trial skills, to represent you in your slip and fall case.

Call us for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation at 206-957-2247. We can help!

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