Slip and fall accidents are common, and mostly occur on wet, slippery, or uneven floors. A slip and fall accident can also occur on stairs that are too steep, too narrow, or not properly maintained. These accidents can result in minor to serious injury. Sometimes the resulting injuries are catastrophic, resulting in permanent disability and requiring ongoing care. Sometimes these injuries can be fatal. Property owners have an obligation to do everything in their power to prevent these accidents, and may be required to pay damages if their negligence results in injury.
Duty of Care in a Slip and Fall
Duty of care is a phrase in the legal industry that basically means people have a responsibility to take reasonable care with certain things that could foresee-ably cause potential injury.
For example, if a homeowner knows that the stairway is weak and on the verge of collapsing, but fails to warn you and you fall through the staircase, the homeowner could be said to have violated his duty of care. The homeowner could have reasonably assumed that someone might fall through a weak staircase and cautioned people against using it or made repairs to the staircase. His negligence caused you injury, so he might be liable for your injuries under premises liability laws.
In short, if a premises owner knowingly failed to address a potential safety concern, and you’re injured as a result in a slip and fall, the owner may be responsible for your injuries. This is where a slip and fall case begins.
Regardless of the severity of your slip and fall injury accident, you have a right to seek legal help in order to protect your right to justice and compensation. Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. will work tirelessly to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions.
Several types of incidents fall under slip and fall accidents. These incidents may include:
Several types of injuries fall under slip and fall accidents. These injuries may include:
If You Are Injured In A Slip And Fall, Here Is What You Should Remember:
After an injury, it’s important to determine if your case satisfies all of the elements of a negligent slip and fall claim. First, did the property owners owe you a reasonable duty of care? Second, did the property owner breach that duty of care? Third, did that breach in the duty of care result in your injury accident? Finally, were you physically harmed? If all of those elements are satisfied, you could have a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner.
Many other types of injuries may also fall under a slip and fall in Mississippi. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s premises and aren’t sure whether you have a slip and fall case, call Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. today for your free consultation.