Premises Liability

If you’ve been the victim of a “Slip & fall injury
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Slip & Fall

 “Slip and fall” is a term for personal injuries that are caused when a person slips and falls on a floor, sidewalk, stair, or other surface. An attorney that specializes in lawsuits resulting from these injuries is known as a premises liability or slip and fall lawyer. As a broad general rule, if you are the owner of a house, a building, a parking lot, or other premises, you are responsible for injuries resulting from a slip and fall on the premises. An occupier of the premises, such as a tenant in an apartment building or a store owner who leases a store, may also be liable for injuries if the occupier has control over the premises in which the injury occurred.

A “slip and fall” accident may be caused by:

  • an uneven floor
  • an unseen danger such as a hole covered up by a rug poor lighting
  • a slippery floor surface

Specific laws governing the liability of employers often cover a “slip and fall” accident occurring at a person’s workplace. These laws include the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state workplace safety laws, which impose a duty on employers to keep workplaces safe. These laws continually change, and it’s important to choose a slip and fall lawyer that is up-to-date. Additionally, state workers compensation laws usually govern lawsuits brought by employees against employers. Under these “workers comp” laws, employers are held strictly liable for injuries suffered by employees. In return for this strict liability, the workers compensation statute limits the amount of damages that an employee can recover.

Sometimes the government is responsible for keeping premises safe. For example, the city is responsible for maintaining a public parking lot it owns. If you slip on broken pavement in the city’s parking lot, the city government may be liable for your injuries. However, there are strict rules usually applying to lawsuits brought against federal, state, and local governments.