Slip and Fall Accidents
Premises liability cases, commonly referred to as “Slip and Fall” Cases, refer to an incident where someone suffers injury as the result of an unsafe or defective condition on someone else’s property. Like all other personal injury claims, premise liability cases are based on the property owner’s negligence—that is—the property owner failed to take reasonable action to make his property safe or disregarded industry standards.
Some common components of a premise liability case includes:
- Failure to adhere to industry standard height requirements in staircases. In the United States, stair cases have a standardized height between each step, known as the “7-11” standard. Stairs in the United States are designed to be 7 inches high (the “rise” of the step), and have a stepping surface of 11 inches (known as the “run” of the step). When landowners install stairways on their property, failure to adhere to that rule can result in disastrous injuries.
- Failure to adhere to industry standard requirements on threshold entries in the doorways of shopping centers, convenience stores, and other commercial establishments.
- Failure to properly mark speed bumps and indicate changes in elevations on walking surfaces.
- Violation of city or state building codes, OSHA regulations, or industry and construction standards.
Premise liability cases can be surprising complex and many of these cases involve hiring expert witnesses to inspect the scene of the incident, and determine whether codes, regulations, or other standards have been violated by the property owners.
If you have been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, call our office today for a free case consultation.