In Detroit, slip and fall occurrences doubled in 2014 compared to 2013, according to The Detroit News. Although people tend to laugh at these cases and T.V. shows that thrive on funny home videos show a lot of entertaining falls, slipping and falling is no silly cartoon incident if you’re the one falling.
For older individuals, especially, slipping and falling can mean a hip fracture, and a costly and painful surgery, accompanied by a long recovery. They may not ever fully recover. Injured tailbones can also be the beginning of a laundry list of pains and repairs as well. Not only are these a pain in the backside, they can be costly!
Reasons for Slipping and Falling
It’s unlikely that anyone on the planet has not slipped and fallen on a slick surface. It’s part of life for weather or other circumstances cause wet or greasy substances drip onto a walkway, causing the area to be more hazardous than usual.
This can happen anywhere, and anyone can fall prey to a slick surface and slip and fall. However, there are often times when owners of a property (residence or business) are negligent and do not keep their facilities in proper working condition so as to protect patrons and customers from nasty spills, which can cause significant harm.
In determining who is at fault for a slip and fall case, it’s important to understand premises liability. In order for a company or individual to have legal responsibility for the injuries someone experienced from slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s premises, something on this list must be true:
- The premises owner or an employee must have instigated a spill, worn or torn carpet, or other slick or dangerous floor or item to be underfoot.
- The premises owner or an employee must have had knowledge of the hazardous surface but not done anything to remedy it.
- The premises owner or an employee should have had knowledge of the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the facility would have noticed and taken care of it.
Tavares Premises Liability Lawyer
If your neighbor has slipped and fallen in your driveway or anywhere on your property, they may have a case against you. Call the offices of Oldham and Smith at (352) 292-1620 or contact us speak with one of our lawyers about representing your properly.