"Slip and Fall" is a term used for a personal injury case where a person slips or trips and is subsequently injured on another's property. These cases are a subset of premises liability claims or torts claims.
Slip and fall accidents can arrise from things such as torn carpeting, wet flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, and uneven terrain.
Typically the injured person (the plaintiff) must have sustained some type of bodily injury to be able to collect.
Establishing a Slip and Fall Case
There is no clear test for whether someone is legally responsible for someone else's injury. In most cases, an individual injured in a slip and fall on someone else's property most prove two things:
1. The cause of the accident was a dangerous condition, and
2. The owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous condition, i.e., a condition that presents an unreasonable risk to a person on the property that the person could not have anticipated under the circumstances.
It is important to note the requirements of prong two above. The injured person still has an obligation to avoid dangerous conditions that they could have reasonably anticipated.