Premises liability — often referred to as “slip and fall” — injuries typically occur when a property owners are negligent in maintaining their property. Common scenarios involve a liquid temporarily on a floor space, or broken, cracked, or missing steps from a staircase. A property owner, or management company, may be responsible when serious injuries occur on their property. Their liability is not automatic though. The injured party must prove that his or her injury resulted from some form of negligence.
Negligence is proved by answering three questions: what caused you to fall, how did it
get there, and did the property owner or management company know about the problem.
What Do You Need to Prove to Win Your Slip and Fall Case?
Slip and fall cases are subject to the negligence laws in Mississippi. In cases in which an injury occurs, but the property owner was not negligent, the injured party will not be able to recover compensation. Therefore, it is important that you know the evidence required to prove your slip and fall case. This evidence must establish:
- That the owner or management company was negligent in maintaining the property
- The property owners created a hazard on the property which caused injury
- Or, that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the hazardous condition and failed to warn of it or correct it
Timing becomes important when the hazardous condition was temporary. For example, if your accident was caused by slipping in a liquid — a temporary hazard — you must prove how long the liquid had been there in order to prove that the property owner should have known about it. In cases in which you do not know what caused you to fall, liability can be even more difficult to establish. Instances such as this make it imperative that you take photos of the area in which you fell, and specifically of the hazard that caused the fall. We file insurance claims and lawsuits to help slip and fall victims recover to compensate them for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a slip and fall or other dangerous property condition, call us today at (228) 206-5758 for a free consultation.