A slip-and-fall accident refers to a situation in which you slip, trip or fall while on another person’s property through no fault of your own and receive an injury as a result.
FindLaw explains that slips and falls represent some of the most common accidents people become involved in and can occur either indoors or outdoors.
Indoor slips and falls
Indoors, you face your greatest risk of slipping or falling in one of the following places:
- Your own leased or rented home
- A friend’s home
- A store
- An office building
- A theater or other public amusement venue
Indoor slips and falls usually occur because of wet slippery floors, torn or damaged carpeting, inadequate lighting or objects the premises owner carelessly leaves lying in a hallway or other narrow passage.
Outdoor slips and falls
Outdoors, your greatest risk of slipping or falling occurs in one of the following places:
- A sidewalk
- A parking lot
- A swimming pool
- A poorly maintained path or trail
Outdoor slips and falls usually occur because of wet, icy or snowy footing, debris left lying on sidewalks or in parking lots, uneven sidewalk or parking lot surfaces or inadequate nighttime lighting.
Proof of negligence
When you receive injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, you have the right to sue the property owner and recover damages. To succeed, however, you must offer clear and convincing evidence that the premises owner knew or should have known that a hazard existed on his or her property and neglected or failed to adequately remove or repair it or warn you and other legitimate visitors about it.