Premises liability, or “slip and fall” injuries, are those situations with which people are faced when he or she is injured due to a faulty condition on or of the premises. For example, these are the cases of icy parking lots, water spilled on the floor, displays not being properly marked, or just about any other situation where a hazard is created by the owner of the property, and the visitor is not properly warned about it. However, these cases can be very difficult for a variety of reasons. First of all, there is no “strict liability” in slip and fall cases, meaning it is NOT always the property owner’s fault in every case. Moreover, even where the liability of the property owner is fairly clear, there is a belief in the industry that a person should watch where they’re walking. While we certainly do not mean to imply that a person can walk around with their head in the clouds, we cannot allow the property owner to ignore its duties and obligations in keeping a place safe for those who are expected to visit it. For these reasons, it often takes a lawyer who is familiar with these issues to accurately evaluate the likelihood of success in pursuing such a claim.
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