If someone owns property or runs a business, they don’t want to find
themselves stuck with a lawsuit after someone slips and falls. They do
everything in their power to make sure their grounds are taken care of
and safe for everyone.
But what if weather is involved? Can you file a lawsuit against a property
owner for slipping on water on their grounds? A personal injury lawyer
will be able to best help you determine whether you can make a claim in
such instances. Let’s take a closer look.
Slips and Falls For Property Owners
When it comes to injuries in the workplace, slip and fall accidents are
one of the leading causes. The same holds true for injuries of patrons
of small businesses that occur on company (or retail store) grounds. Holes,
broken surfaces, slippery ground, spills of water, mud and water, and
bad drainage are all hazards associated with accidents.
Any slip and fall accident will require an in depth investigation in order
to determine who was at fault in the accident. Since they are far more
likely to occur in the wintertime, many more general liability lawsuits
take place. Insurance adjusters will likely assume that a claim will come
about if there’s been an accident from a slip and fall on a client’s
property, so they will likely start their own investigation right away.
Good claims investigations include finding evidence to prove negligence
or fault from many sources. These include statements from the claimant,
accident reports, witness statements, paramedics’ reports, reports
of the incident, contracts for water removal, weather records, and photos
taken at the scene.
When Is It the Property Owner’s Fault?
Slipping and falling on someone else’s property does not make the
owner automatically at fault for the accident, though many people assume
this is the case. If inclement weather was involved in the accident occurring,
it very well may not be.
The investigation into your claim of an injury lawsuit would need to include
thoroughly evaluating the liability of the owner to keep the property
clear of water and snow.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property near Monterey
or San Jose and think you may be entitled to damages from an injury lawsuit,
give us a call at Dunnion Law Firmtoday.