Who is Liable in a Slip and Fall Accident?

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Jim Leach, LC – Unhappy Golfing

Many people who trip and fall might feel inclined to blame their own clumsiness for the tumble. However, unsafe conditions on a property are often the fault of the party who owns or maintains the premises, not a visitor. If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident, our Morgantown personal injury attorneys can build an effective case on your behalf.

According to the legal theory of premises liability, homes, apartment buildings, businesses, and other spaces must be kept safe for appropriate public use. To determine liability in your slip and fall accident claim, our lawyers will investigate key aspects including:

  • The cause of the danger.
  • Whether or not the owner or an employee should have reasonably known about the hazard.
  • Safety and maintenance measures, if any, to protect visitors.
  • The existence of protocols for regular cleaning and maintenance.

Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties could be held liable in a dangerous premises claim. For example, a store owner in a shopping mall could fail to warn customers about a leaky pipe dripping water on the floor, but the damaged pipe could be the responsibility of the management or landlord of the mall itself.

If more than one party failed to exercise reasonable care, our legal team will work quickly to gather critical evidence. Photos of the scene at the time of the accident, witness reports, and other information can demonstrate the level of negligence on the premises and how unsafe conditions led to your accident.

Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1 304-865-8530 today to begin building your slip and fall accident case. Our experienced personal injury lawyers represent clients all over the state of West Virginia, including Morgantown and other cities.