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Slip and Fall Outside of a Business – Who is Responsible?

Published by Ruth on | in Personal Injury

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Slip and fall lawsuits are one of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits. Especially during the winter months, where people are more prone to fall because of icy sidewalks. Although there are many different conditions that can cause these types of accidents, the owner of the building is normally held responsible for an accident. If you have been injured because you slipped and fell outside a business and want to pursue legal action, you should contact a personal injury attorney.

A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can assist you in filing your claim and help get the highest settlement amount to pay for any debt you incurred after your accident.The following are just a few conditions that can lead to a slip and fall accident outside of a business and the conditions that would hold the owner responsible.

Poor Outdoor Lighting

Sometimes when there is bad lighting outside of a business, it can cause a person to trip and fall over a curb, hole, crack or uneven surface. An owner may be liable for this type of trip and fall accident if they knew or should have known that the lighting was insufficient and did not do anything about it.

Snow outside a building

The law does not actually require building owners to remove snow that accumulates outside their building, but they can still be held liable for a slip and fall accident if there is an excessive amount of accumulated ice or snow caused by negligence.

Falls on sidewalks

Depending on the court, an owner can be held liable for an injury on a sidewalk that is used solely by their customers even though generally owners are not responsible for falls that occur on public sidewalks that are outside their property.

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