We all have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that our property is safe for any visitors and that no harm will come their way as a result of our carelessness and negligence. Of course, not everyone abides by those obligations and properties can fall prey to dangerous conditions; when this happens, accidents are right around the corner and visitors can wind up injured. One of the bigger causes of injuries on properties is slip and fall accidents, which may not seem like they would inflict much damage. However, a slip and fall accident can result in fractures, spinal injuries, and/or concussions depending on the severity of the fall. If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, it is your burden to prove negligence on the part of the property owner – no easy feat by any means. Proving these conditions almost always requires a Mississippi personal accident attorney to help you.
Distribution of Fault
People involved in slip and fall accidents aren’t always absolved of responsibility just because they claim the property owner acted negligently. In fact, it isn’t always easy to prove that the property owner is, in fact, responsible for the unsafe conditions / the fall in question. Before you can prove the property owner is at fault, you need to prove that the accident wasn’t partially, or entirely, your own fault. Were you in a part of the building that you shouldn’t have been? Were there warning signs and notices to alert people that there were dangers present? Was the victim distracted by reading, playing on their phone, or not paying attention in general? If the answer to any of these is yes, some responsibility at a minimum passes onto the victim rather than the property owner.
Assuming the victim holds little no to responsibility for their slip and fall accident, a Mississippi personal accident lawyer will help them prove that the property owner acted negligently and incompetently.
Property Owner’s Liability
You’ll need to prove the property owner is liable to earn financial recoupment for your injury; to do so, you’ll need to prove one of several possible requisites:
- The property owner was aware of the hazard and did nothing about it.
- The property owner should have been aware of the hazard had proper safety protocols been followed.
- Were warning signs posted to alert visitors to take extra precaution?
- Was the hazard a result of the property owner’s actions, or the actions of an employee?
In order to build a strong case to prove negligence for a slip and fall accident, it is best to meet with a Mississippi personal accident lawyer like the attorneys at Braddock Law firm. If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident, or if you are facing charges from someone who slipped and fell on your property, call us today to discuss the details of your case to appropriately plan the next steps of the legal battle. We’re here to help.