Slip and fall accidents can occur both indoors and outdoors, as well as on both public and private property. These sudden accidents are often the result of a premises owner’s failure to maintain the property in a reasonably safe and hazard-free condition. The duty that a premises owner owes to the property visitor depends upon the visitor’s status on the property at the time of the fall. In general, the visitor might be a business invitee, a social guest, or a trespasser on the premises when the slip and fall accident occurs.
If you have been injured on another person’s property, such as in a slip and fall accident, a Pomona slip and fall accident attorney may be able to assist. A lawyer will be able to investigate the circumstances, and if necessary, could bring an insurance claim or file a lawsuit against the property owner’s insurance company, seeking the damages that you deserve.
Status on the Premises
The duty of care that a premises owner owes to a visitor depends upon the visitor’s status on the property. Business invitees, or individuals who are on the premises for a business purpose, are owed the highest duty of legal care. Property owners owe business invitees a duty to warn about or correct known hazardous conditions that exist on the premises. Moreover, they should inspect their premises on a regular basis to search for unknown hazardous conditions.
Licensees, who are also sometimes known as social guests, are individuals who are on the premises for a social purpose. Premises owners typically owe these individuals a duty to warn about or correct known hazards on the premises. However, trespassers are individuals who are on the premises without the property owner’s permission and are generally not owed a duty of care. An exception exists for known trespassers who frequent the premises.
Causes of Premises Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere on the premises. Indoor slip and fall accidents typically happen where there is a spill on the floor that is not cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time. For example, the premises owner or an employee might not have inspected the property on a regular basis or cleaned up the spill in time.
If you have been injured in a Pomona slip and fall accident, your attorney could file a claim against the property owner’s insurance company, seeking monetary compensation and damages. You might be eligible to pursue and recover compensation for all of your medical treatment bills, physical therapy costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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