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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the grounds for a slip and fall lawsuit?

Proving a slip and fall lawsuit requires more than just proving that the property on which you slipped was in dangerous condition. Slip and fall lawsuits are about proving negligence and carelessness. What you and your attorney will need to prove regarding the dangerous condition includes:

Did the property owner create the dangerous condition? Did they know of this dangerous condition and fail to correct it? If they were not aware of the dangerous condition, had enough time passed that a reasonable property owner would have noticed and fixed it?

What is premises liability?

Property owners are legally responsible for keeping their property in safe condition for themselves and others. Premises liability cases involve injuries sustained by a person on another’s property.

To prove the property owner was negligent, it must be shown that the owner did not act reasonably in maintaining the property. This can be demonstrated by comparing how the property owner acted in comparison to a another person in a similar situation. If the owner did not act as another reasonable person would have in that situation, legal action may be available to those who were injured.

Can I hold my landlord responsible for my slip and fall injury?

There are instances in which a landlord can be held liable for a tenant’s slip and fall. Your attorney will have to prove that your landlord, like other property owner's, was aware of the condition of the property that led to your injury and chose not to fix it. This is especially true for a fall that occurs in the common area of an apartment building.

You may also be able to hold them responsible for a slip and fall within your apartment, if you can prove that the landlord knew about the condition of the apartment and did not give you, the tenant, proper warning.

How can an attorney help with my slip and fall case?

Having a slip and fall attorney lets an experienced professional take on the most difficult elements of a lawsuit, while you focus on recovering from your injury. Your attorney will perform a thorough investigation and gather evidence.

Here are some things the attorney will do:

  • Photographing your injury
  • Obtaining medical records
  • Obtaining an accident report
  • Examining building codes to see if local code and ordinances were broken

In doing this and more, a Morgan & Morgan attorney can craft an effective case that shows how your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, and how you are owed compensation for your damages.