Nell Zhoie April 13, 2018

When a person slips, falls, or trips, and acquires personal injuries on a property it’s called a slip and fall injury. Usually, these cases fall under the extensive category of premises liability cases. Further, slip and fall accidents arise on properties maintained or owned by someone else. Property owners are usually held legally responsible for any slip and fall accidents in their property.

The following are your legal options in the event of an injury after a slip and fall. Moreover, these legal options help in proving property owners to be at fault for any accidents.

  • Proving Fault

Usually, any person who is injured after a slip and fall incident on another person’s property should provide evidence that the accident was caused by a risky condition. Also, the owner of the property should have known that their property is dangerous. A dangerous condition presents a risk to any person on the property, and it should be a condition where the injured party hasn’t anticipated amidst the circumstances.

The following are indicators that a possessor or property has been aware of their property’s dangerous condition:

  • The possessor/owner fabricated the condition
  • He/she knew of the risky condition but still heedlessly failed to fix it
  • The condition has been existing for a longer time that the property owner should have detected and fixed it before the slip and fall accident occurred.

A property owner is held liable when it has become obvious that his/her negligence created the threats that caused the issue.

  • Commercial Property

If your slip, trip, and fall accident occurred on someone else’s commercial property, such as a restaurant or other business property, the following are conditions for them to be legally responsible:

  • They caused the worn, torn spot, slippery surfaces, or any risky items on the surface of the floor.
  • Should have known of the dangerous facade but no actions were done.
  • The property owner should have been aware of the condition since a caretaker should have discovered it and fixed the condition to avoid any accidents.

Usually, there are a number of people to be held responsible for any injuries after a slip and fall on their commercial property.

  • Residential Property 

Meanwhile, landlords to tenants or third parties may be held liable for slip and fall injures on residential properties. For a landlord to be held responsible for any injuries, the tenant must show the following terms:

  • The landlord had full control concerning the conditions that caused the slip and fall.
  • Fixing the condition could not have been unreasonably difficult or expensive.
  • Serious injuries are expected to occur because the condition was not fixed or repaired.
  • The landlord failed to take preventive measures, causing the slip and fall accident.
  • Government Property

Special rules apply to slip and fall incidents on properties owned by any government entity (local, state, or federal). There are strict notice requirements and extensive immunity provisions that protect government offices to be held liable for any injuries that transpire on their properties.

  • Call a lawyer

Call a lawyer to help you in your case. If possible, gather evidence upon your accident. These include date and time, location, witness statements, weather condition, medical reports of your injuries, etc. Also, make a detailed report of the accident.


Those are the legal options you might need to consider following a slips and fall. Don’t forget to seek help from a personal injury lawyer in case you need to make legal claims.