Slip and fall incidents happen in the blink of an eye, but can change your life forever. Slip and falls, and their cousin, the trip and fall, can occur when a business owner or landowner fails to maintain their property in a reasonable manner, creating an unsafe and dangerous condition that a person then slips or trips on, causing injuries.
Common examples of a “dangerous condition” include:
- Pooled liquid on the floor;
- An uplift in flooring, or the sidewalk;
- Debris or trash on the floor;
- Broken staircase;
- Inadequate lighting hiding a staircase, hole in the ground, or other condition;
- Ramp that does not start flush with the ground;
- Missing or depressed stones on a walkway;
- Stumps, nails, or other objects that stick up from the floor or ground.
Slip or trip and falls are often not the fault of the person who fell. Business owners and landowners have a duty to maintain their properties in a safe condition, and if they fail to do so and as a result, someone is injured, they may be found liable under California law for negligence. This is true if the business or landowner failed to warn persons about the condition, failed to correct it, or failed to protect persons from it. In these scenarios, it may be possible to hold the business or landowner accountable for not living up to the duty imposed on them by law.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of a slip or trip and fall, an attorney can help you navigate this area of the law. KTL has a proven track record of success on slip and trip and fall cases, including a recent verdict of $850,000 when a man slipped on liquid in a hallway and shattered his kneecap, and a 2016 verdict of $2,160,000 against an airport where a woman slipped in a bathroom stall and fell, injuring her back.