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Establishing fault in a slip and fall accident


When Pennsylvania residents are out shopping, they might encounter signs guarding customers away from danger. For example, a wet floor sign signals to the patron that they should be careful walking on the floor or avoid that area. Failure to put a sign in that area could result in a slip and fall accident. A property owner has various responsibilities such as the duty to warn. It is important that customers and visitors at a premise understand their rights as well as the responsibilities of a property owner in the case of a slip and fall incident.

Simply put, a slip and fall accident occurs when an individual slips or trips on property owned by someone else. Moreover, because a property owner failed to take the necessary actions to prevent such an accident, they could be found liable in a premises liability suit. In order to file such a claim against a negligent property owner, an injured party should understand how to prove fault in a slip and fall incident.

While there is no precise way to measure or determine responsibility in a slip and fall matter, there are some general rules to establish whether a property owner owed a duty or had a responsibility to avoid the occurrence of such an incident. If a dangerous condition existed, an injured party needs to prove that the property owner was aware of this danger and failed to correct it or protect visitors from it.

In order to establish that they had knowledge of a dangerous condition, it must be proven that the owner or possessor created the condition, had known the condition existed but negligently failed to fix it or the dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that the owner or possessor should have discovered it and corrected it prior to the slip and fall incident in question.

Establishing fault in a slip and fall accident is a crucial step to take and helps assign liability to the party at fault. In addition, it could help the injured party collect compensation for their serious injuries and damages suffered from the incident.

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