A tenant in an apartment building filed a personal injury lawsuit alleging she slipped and fell on trash-covered stairs. As a result, she developed bulges in four spinal discs. The victim filed a personal injury lawsuit against the landlord claiming that he knew other tenants were spilling trash as they carried bags down the stairs, and no one was cleaning up the strewn garbage.
It is not always clear who is legally responsible for a victims injuries due to a slip and fall accident. What is due to the property owner’s negligence or was the victim careless or did not take precautions to avoid conditions that could cause the fall? How do you prove fault in a slip and fall accident? In residential settings, including apartments, landlords may be held liable to tenants for slip and fall injuries. Here are two general rules to help determine fault.
1) A person injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property must prove that the cause of the accident was a “dangerous condition”, and that the property owner of knew of the dangerous condition.
2) A dangerous condition must present an unreasonable risk to a person on the property, and it must have been a condition that the injured party should not have anticipated under the circumstances.
The plaintiff was able to prove to the jury that the landlord was liable for her slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can be expensive, disruptive, and painful. Injuries may be long-term or permanent. If you experience injuries on someone’s property due to unsafe or dangerous conditions, the property owner may be held liable for your injury, and you may be entitled to compensatory damages for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and the treatment of your injuries. What if you become financially strapped while waiting to receive fair compensation?
Pre-settlement funding is a good option for plaintiffs in such a situation. With lawsuit funding, a plaintiff can receive a cash advance against their pending lawsuit to get through any financial difficulties as a result of their injuries. The cash advance would help pay medical bills and take care of other important bills such as the mortgage or car payments. Applying for litigation funding is quick and easy, and can be done online or on the phone. Once approved, funds can be available within 24 – 48 hours. Don’t succumb to your financial setback when lawsuit funding may be an option for you to wait for fair compensation.