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When property owners are responsible for slip-and-fall accidents

When we go to shops, restaurants or other businesses in Latham, New York, we do not expect to suffer an injury. However, sometimes, dangerous conditions exist on such premises that cause a patron to suffer a slip-and-fall accident. These accidents can cause severe injuries that are costly and have a long recovery period. For these reasons, it is important to understand when commercial property owners are liable for the injuries a patron suffers in a slip-and-fall accident on their premises.

First, to hold the commercial property owner (or employee of the commercial property owner) legally responsible for the fall, one of three conditions must exist: either the property owner must have caused the surface of the floor to be dangerous; the property owner must have known about the dangerous surface but did not remedy it; or the property owner should have known that the surface presented a danger because a “reasonable” commercial property owner would have known about it and remedied it.

The third condition is the most common, though it can be difficult to prove. This is because what a property owner “should have known” is not always black-and-white. But, a person can still try to bring a slip-and-fall claim against the negligent party, as long as the injury was not caused by the person’s own carelessness.

Slip-and-fall accidents happen all too often and can result in head injuries, back injuries, broken bones and more. Those who suffer such injuries may want to hold the party responsible for the dangerous condition liable.