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I fell and injured myself – who is at fault?

I fell and injured myself – who is at fault?

Determining liability is not always as straightforward as we would like it to be. In many cases, the property owner is responsible for the accident; however, in other cases, the property owner may not be responsible.
Regardless of whether the property owner is at fault, property owners need to carefully maintain their property. While there is no exact science for determining when someone else is legally responsible when you slip or injure yourself, such cases often turn on whether the property owner was careful in how they maintained their property so that slipping or falling would not be likely to happen.
However, for someone to be held liable for the injuries you sustained from slipping and falling on someone else’s property, one of the following must be true:

  • The owner of the premises or an employee must have caused the spill or slippery condition.
  • The owner of the premises or an employee must have known of the dangerous surface but did nothing about it.
  • The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and resolved the condition.

In these cases, liability is often established by using common sense. Judges and juries determine whether the owner or occupier of the property was careful by deciding if the steps the owner or occupier took to keep the property safe were reasonable.
At Polito & Harrington, we offer personalized, and attentive service while handling your slip & fall injury case In CT & RI. Your slip and fall injury case will be handled directly by CT & RI slip and fall injury lawyers, Humbert Polito or James Harrington. You will always be able to talk with your Waterford – New London, CT injury lawyer when you need to. We will work hard to hold people and companies responsible for injuries caused by their carelessness. To schedule a free consultation at Polito & Harrington in Waterford, Connecticut to discuss slip and fall litigation, call 1.860.447.3300.

Sources

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/slip-fall-accidents-proving-fault-29845.html
http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/proving-fault-in-slip-and-fall-accidents.html
http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/slip-and-fall.html
http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/prove-win-slip-fall-claim.html
http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/stores-liability-slip-fall-accidents.html

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