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Slip-and-fall accidents on someone else's property

When you invite someone to your property, you become responsible for providing a safe environment for them. A guest or a visitor has a reasonable expectation of safety when entering someone's property. This is known as premise liability.

The legal theory concerning premise liability holds the property owner liable for any accidents or injuries that take place on the property. Each state has different laws and procedures in determining which party is liable. The most common type of premise liability incidents are injuries from slip-and-fall cases.

Slip-and-fall accidents are when a person slips, trips or falls because of dangerous conditions on the property. These conditions may include wet floors, hidden potholes, broken staircases, cracked sidewalk or poor lighting. For example, a pizza deliveryman may sue the owners of the property if he slips or falls on a greasy patch in the driveway. However, if that same man happens to be intoxicated or acts irresponsibly and slips due to his own fault, he may not have a valid claim. If you have been injured in any such incident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries if you are able to prove that the property owners are negligent.

Like with any personal injury claim, if your claim is valid you may be well compensated for the damages you incurred. Hiring a skilled attorney can prove to be in your best interests, this may not be something you want to fight alone. An attorney would examine the evidence and help strengthen your case by reviewing all your options.

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