Proving Negligence Caused a Slip and Fall

If you’ve experienced an injury due to a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to restitution. These cases are complex, though. To have a case, you must be able to prove that the property owner is at fault. A personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles will examine a number of factors to establish liability.

Negligence of the Property Owner
The property owner will be found liable for the injury if it can be proven that his/her negligence caused the slip and fall. There are three different scenarios that can be used to show this.

Cause of the Hazard
The first scenario is that the property owner caused the slippery surface or hazard. This can be from a spill, weak flooring, or a number of other things that could make a surface dangerous to walk on.

Knowledge of the Hazard
The second scenario is that the property owner was aware of the issue and failed to do something about it. For example, if they saw a spill on the floor and neglected to clean it up, they would be liable for someone slipping on it.

Should Have Known of the Hazard
With the final scenario, the property owner should have been aware of the issue, as a reasonable owner would have discovered and fixed it. This scenario is vague, with the outcome usually being decided based on common sense.

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