Premises Liability

SLIP and fall accidents are among the most common accidents but yet they are also the most difficult in which to prove liability. With injuries that can range from a simple sprained ankle to a permanent spinal cord injury, a slip and fall can be a traumatic episode for the victim.

Premises liability is a legal principle designed to place liability for falls onto the building/property owner. The problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to prove liability unless one has a witness or photograph. For instance, if a customer trips and falls over something in an aisle of the store, and the store manager claims there was room for the customer to walk around the obstruction or that it had been removed, it is the victim’s responsibility to prove otherwise. Accordingly, photographing or videotaping the accident site as soon as possible following the fall even if it is just video clips from a cell phone can prove invaluable in proving your case. Anything you can do to help prove liability is to your benefit and will help solidify your case when you contact your attorney. The more facts you can provide, the more likely you are to win your case.

Because of the “grey” area that surrounds slip and fall accidents, it is essential for a victim not to attempt to collect any compensation on his or her own. Providing your attorney with all of the facts and any evidence you collected and letting him contact the building owner or store manager to discuss your case and any compensation that may be due you is critical.

At Jones Osteen & Jones, our experienced attorneys know how to thoroughly investigate the injury, identify, or rule out, all potentially responsible parties and pursue the proper parties to effectively and efficiently represent your interests and maximize your recovery. If you or a loved one have been involved in a slip and fall accident, contact Jones Osteen & Jones today for a free consultation*, and let us assist you in determining if you have claim.

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