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What Role Does Negligence Play in Slip and Fall Cases?

Last updated 7 years ago

Though most trips and slip-ups are simply due to clumsiness or loss of balance, sometimes a fall and injury are attributable to another’s failure to prevent, warn against, or fix easily preventable hazards. Here is a brief guide to the role negligence plays in slip and fall cases and why you should consult a personal injury attorney.


  • Unsafe conditions  A classic instance of negligence is when businesses or individuals knowingly keep dangerous conditions on their property without taking any steps to correct them. For example, negligence can occur if a liquid is spilt and not cleaned up in a grocery store aisle, or if an uneven patch of flooring is left unrepaired. If someone slips and falls as a result of this negligence, then the victim has the right to sue.
  • Failure to notify others  Not everyone has the means to correct every potentially dangerous aspect of their property; even if they did, fixing these problems can take time. Regardless, owners are still responsible for notifying visitors of unsafe conditions with signs and verbal warnings. If a business or individual fails to notify the public and a guest falls, then he or she is guilty of negligence and could face legal consequences.   
  • Your own responsibility  It’s important to remember you have an obligation to watch where you’re going. If you slip and fall in a place where most people wouldn’t, then it’s most likely your fault and not the owner’s. However, if you truly believe you’ve slipped and fallen due to another’s negligence, then consulting a personal injury attorney is invaluable.


If you’re looking for a team of experienced personal injury lawyers, then look no further than The Carlson Law Firm. With 27 attorneys and over 90 experienced staff members, we have the manpower necessary to successfully pursue your case. Don’t let negligence go unaddressed—call us today at (888) 335-7492 and we’ll help you earn the settlement you deserve.  


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