Unsafe Conditions On The Property
A property owner or landlord is only liable if an unsafe condition on their property caused your accident. Examples of hazardous conditions may include:
- Snow and ice
- Broken steps/li>
- Wet and slippery floors
- Damaged flooring
A landowner also needs to have caused the hazardous condition or allowed it. Property owners only need to make sure their property is reasonably safe, not perfectly safe.
Was The Property Owner Aware Of The Unsafe Conditions?
It is important to understand that a landlord or property owner cannot be held responsible for a hazardous condition he or she was not even aware of. A property owner must have a reasonable amount of time to discover any hazardous conditions on their property.
This is a very difficult thing to prove in a premises liability claim. For example, say that a slip and fall happens at a grocery store. The grocery store will almost certainly file a report. An incident report can help you determine how long a landlord was previously aware of a hazardous condition that caused an accident.
Were There Adequate Warnings?
A property owner who cannot immediately repair a known hazard must at the very least provide sufficient warning. Some circumstances will require more than just a warning. If a public sidewalk is under repair, there must be warnings for people regarding construction dangers, as well as barriers if necessary. through the use of signage, roped-off areas, etc.