What should I know about slip and fall accidents?

The term “slip and fall” actually covers a range of different types of falling accidents. They all involved some type of misstep when walking, such as a slip, trip or stumble, which results in a fall. 

The slip and fall accident is incredibly common and exposes property owners to liability claims. According to FindLaw, the property owner is usually liable for any injuries if there was a situation present that posed a risk and the owner failed to fix it. 

Hazardous situation

For someone to prove a property owner is responsible for a slip and fall, a person would have to show that the owner knew the hazardous situation was present or the owner should have known it was there. For example, a good property owner would be aware of a broken wooden step on a deck. However, an owner may not be aware of an icy patch on the sidewalk that develops due to a broken water line under the street. 

In addition, if the hazardous situation was something the injured person should have known existed, then the person may have no case. For example, if someone visits your business after a snowfall, it is reasonable to expect they will understand your floor may be slippery. You put out warning signs and clean as often as possible, but your customers hold some responsibility for understanding the floor is slippery. 


A person also has to show that he or she suffered an injury. In many cases, injuries are so minor that it is not worth it to take a case to court. For example, if you fall on ice and get a bruise on your arm, the costs of treating your injury will be far less than the costs of going to court, making it not worth your time. However, in serious injury cases, falls can result in huge expenses that do make it reasonable to go to court.