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Can a Landlord Be Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident?

Blogs from March, 2023

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Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries. Victims of these kinds of accidents often wonder if the landlord that owned or managed the property where the accident occurred is responsible for any damages.

There’s a lot to consider when determining who’s liable, but ultimately it comes down to negligence - namely, did the owner or an employee do something wrong (or fail to do something) that caused your injury?

In this blog post, we'll dive into what kind of slip-and-fall incidents are typically seen as negligent on behalf of landlords, explore factors courts use to determine liability in a slip-and-fall case involving a landlord and discuss how you can file a claim against one if necessary.

Holding a Landlord Accountable for Slip and Fall Injuries

When it comes to slip-and-fall accidents, landlords are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their tenants and guests. If a landlord fails to do this, they may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.

Common examples of landlord negligence that could lead to a slip and fall accident include:

  • Not properly addressing hazardous conditions on the property such as icy sidewalks or wet floors.
  • Failing to regularly inspect the property for potential hazards or fix them in a timely manner.
  • Failing to provide adequate lighting so visitors can see potential hazards more easily.
  • Failing to inform tenants about existing safety risks on the premises.
  • Failing to warn visitors of potential dangers like broken stairs or other dangerous conditions.

The law also holds landlords liable for slip and fall accidents if they had actual knowledge of the hazard that caused the injury, or should have known about it based on how a reasonable person would act in similar circumstances. In addition, if the landlord failed to take any action after being made aware of the danger, they could be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Documenting Evidence is Important

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on property owned or managed by a landlord, it’s important to document the incident as thoroughly as possible. This includes taking photographs of the scene, gathering contact information from any witnesses who may have seen what happened, and keeping copies of any medical bills related to your injury. You should also consult with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and advise you on how best to proceed.

Slip and fall accidents can be complex cases that require a lot of investigation. But if it can be proven that a landlord was negligent in maintaining their property and that negligence caused someone’s injury, they may be held liable for any resulting damages. An experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you on whether or not you have a viable claim against a landlord.

No one wants to be injured in a slip-and-fall accident, but if it happens, understanding who may be responsible can help ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their negligence. Landlords have an obligation to maintain safe environments for tenants and guests, and they should face consequences if they fail to do so. If you believe that a landlord is liable for your injuries, contact an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We Can Help Injured Slip and Fall Victims

When it comes to slip-and-fall accidents, landlords are responsible for providing a safe environment. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of a landlord, get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer from Dore Law Group, PLLC as soon as possible.

Give our Kent personal injury attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC a call today at (253) 236-3888 to discuss your case.