Slip and Fall

Slip and fall, in United States tort law, is a claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) and falling. It is a tort, and based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition or property hazard to exist that caused the slip or trip.

What are property hazards?

There are laws that generally vary from state to state that provide guidelines for ensuring safety on the premises of public, private and commercial properties. Property hazards may be physical/structural or environmental in nature.

Physical hazards may include poor lighting, cracked or uneven floors, missing stair railings, doorways and structures that do not meet proper construction codes, or which have been neglected to the point they have become dangerous. Old or insufficient wiring also may be a hazard that can lead to a fire. Outside the building but on the property, poorly maintained driveways and overhead branches may pose a risk of injury.

Environmental hazards include lead-based paint, asbestos, Radon, leaking underground storage tanks, buried waste disposal, chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) and formaldehyde gas, which can be found in plywood, carpeting, insulation, and draperies.

What can I do?

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