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Accidents from slip and falls can occur on private property or properties that are owned by businesses or government. The person who is injured from a slip and fall as a result of the negligence of the homeowner, business or government may be able to seek compensation from the insurance company of the property owner, snow removal contractor, property manager or from the government for damages resulting from the slip and fall.


A storekeeper or other persons in possession of commercial premises, such as an office building, a bank, or a professional office, has a duty to exercise ordinary care to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition that precludes slips and falls. The proprietor of a store, shop, or other place of business open for public patronage owes to the customer who enters the establishment the duty of ordinary care to keep in a reasonably safe from slip and fall conditions while the premises is open for business. The property should be clear of Ice, mopped floors and other instances that cause slips and falls which can be very damaging to the customer.  Generally, the liability of a posessor of premises to one who suffers an personal injury slip and fall on the premises must be based upon negligence.


An owner of property is liable to the invitee when the owner had actual or constuctive knowledge of the defective situation. Slips and falls can occur due to improper lighting or broken handrails, or slippery floors. The owner may be required to exercize a higher duty of care for children who are invited upon the premises and consequentially slip and fall.


Slip and fall case claims often arise when a responsibility to create safe conditions is not met--causing an accident. First, a person should document what caused the slip and fall. The injured person should immediately obtain photographs from their cellphone or other device, and get names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses.  During the winter time slips and falls occur more often due to slippery conditions from the snow.

   The Store or government quickly remedies what is the cause of the accident or slip and fall injury.  Immediate documentation, immediate medical assistance, and immediate contact of attorney should occur to preserve your slip and fall case.  In cases of serious injury, the Attorney may visit the client in the hospital or place of recuperation.

     Call the Law Office of Charles Dawkins Jr. LLC for immediate slip and fall injury consultation at 908-962-9929.

The above article is for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. The person should seek an attorney for legal advice for fact specific analysis.