Property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are properly maintained. If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it can lead to a serious injury. Wisconsin’s changing seasons also means weather related hazards are entirely too common. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at anytime.
“Slip and fall” is the name for situations where someone is injured by slipping, tripping, and/or falling due to a dangerous or unreasonable condition. The fall can happen inside or outside of the property, and be caused by conditions such as a wet floor, bad flooring, poorly lit steps, a slippery sidewalk, a weather related situation, escalator, swimming pool or other hidden hazards.
These slip and fall accidents are by far the most common type of premises liability cases in which property owners and businesses have a duty to provide a safe environment for people on their property.
Hazardous conditions related to premises liability claims include:
- Uncleared snow
- Clear ice or “black ice”
- Improperly secured mats and rugs
- Hidden drop-offs
- Pot holes
A property owner may be liable for the injury of a visiting person under various circumstances, for example:
- If there is a failure to maintain the property by the owner, or the owner creates a condition results in injuries.
- If the owner knows of a danger and is aware that others may come onto to his or her property, but does nothing to eliminate the hazard, or warn others of the condition, that owner may be liable.
Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs Can Help
If you or someone you know has suffered from a slip and fall injury because of a property owner’s negligence, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.