How do I prove liability in a slip and fall Boca Raton case?
Claims involving a slip and fall injury are a type of personal injury case that can happen because a property owner was negligent in maintaining the premises. This can sometimes be the result of a spilled substance on the floor. A trip and fall can also occur as a result of something more permanent like a crack in a walkway or uneven sidewalk. When a visitor or tenant living on another person’s property sustains injuries in a slip and fall Boca Raton, the property owner or management company in charge of the property could be held liable for the injuries. However, the victim and their attorney must typically prove that the sustained injuries was due to the negligence of the property owner.
First, it is imperative to determine what caused the fall. The second question, which may be challenging to answer, is how what caused the fall got there (i.e. spilled substance), and if anyone knew about the problem or should have known about the problem.
If a property owner or their employees were not negligent, there will be no liability on their part and it is unlikely that a claim can be made. In cases involving slip and fall injuries, victims are usually looking to prove:
- The property owner did not maintain the property;
- The property owner had unsafe conditions which caused the injury;
- The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous conditions which caused the injury;
- The property owner failed to appropriately warn the injured party of the dangerous conditions.
It is also important to prove whether the unsafe condition was permanent or temporary. In instances where the condition was temporary, the length of time it existed may be difficult to prove. If the individual who fell can’t determine what caused them to fall, then it will be very difficult to prove liability as well. Taking a picture of the scene and/or what caused the slip and fall Boca Raton is critical. A photograph of what caused your injury could greatly assist in proving liability.
If someone suffered significant injuries in a slip and fall accident at someone’s home or business because of negligence, the victim may be able to file a lawsuit to seek fair compensation. Slip and fall lawsuits help injured victims recover the costs involved to pay or compensate for medical bills, lost wages, pain, disfigurement, emotional distress, or physical disability suffered because of the injuries.
If you find yourself needing legal representation because of a slip and fall Boca Raton that lead to injuries, call the law offices of Greenberg & Strelitz, P.A. at (561)361-9400 for your free initial consultation.