Determining Responsibility in a Slip and Fall Accident

A slip and fall accident can result in serious injury and significant medical bills. Before the victim can pursue compensation, responsibility for the fall must be determined. There are a number of factors that go into deciding who is responsible for this type of work-related injury. Visit Blackstone Law to know those factors.

What is a Slip and Fall Accident?

Slip and falls are defined as accidents where the bottom surface of the shoe and/or the surface of the floor fail. It is typically caused by a “hazardous condition,” such as a broken stair, slippery floor or loose floor covering. If the hazardous condition is permanent, such as a broken stair, responsibility is more likely to fall on the property owner. If the condition is temporary, such as a spill, responsibility may be somewhat more challenging to determine.

What does the Law Say?

Law requires property owners to use “reasonable care” in the maintenance of their home or business, so that others are not exposed to undue risk while on the property. The person who is injured has the burden of proving the property owner knew of the potential risk and did nothing to make the environment safer. If the injured party can prove the property owner actually caused the hazardous condition that led to the slip and fall accident, he can also place responsibility for his injuries on the property owner.

A slip and fall accident may result in potentially serious and debilitating injuries. Determining who was responsible for the accident is the first step in pursuing compensation. Let experienced slip and fall lawyers help you with your NY slip and fall accident.

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