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Who is to blame in slip and fall accidents?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Personal Injury

So long as gravity works in Idaho, there will be slip and fall accidents in the state. Injuries caused by a slip, trip, or fall on someone else’s property can be severe. In a slip and fall case, the court seeks to determine who is at fault for the injury.

Causes of slip and fall accidents

Everyone trips now and then. When you catch yourself before you fall, you breathe a sigh of relief. However, if the slip or trip takes you by surprise you may find yourself flat on the floor.

The severity of your injuries depends on the point of impact. Sprains and broken bones are common if your arms or legs can break the fall. Accidents that involve a blow to the head can lead to long-lasting brain injuries.

Slipping and tripping hazards are everywhere. The changing seasons in Idaho can lead to frost heaving and uneven sidewalks and gutters. A freshly mopped floor creates a slippery surface.

Other causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Ice and snow
  • Clutter on floors
  • Water leaks
  • Low lighting
  • Power and appliance cables

Negligence or ignorance

A personal injury caused by a slip and fall often happens on someone else’s property. To hold the property owner responsible, an attorney must demonstrate that they knew about the dangerous condition and did nothing to repair it. It was the owner’s negligence that created the conditions for the accident.

The property owner will attempt to prove that they did know about the condition. If they were ignorant of the danger, they cannot be held responsible.

Seeking medical attention

No matter who is to blame, the serious nature of slip and fall injuries should not be ignored. Getting an evaluation from a medical professional is the best way to avoid long-term injuries.