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Slip & Fall

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Slip & Fall

Slips and fall claims are covered under what is known as “premises liability.” This, in turn, refers to the legal responsibility that the owner and/or occupant of a certain premise has towards people who attend that property. Responsibility does not automatically become imposed. Rather, it must be proven that the slip and fall accident was caused by an owner who created or allowed a defective or dangerous condition to exist.

Under California premises liability law, property owners and occupants have a duty of care to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and to warn guests and visitors of lurking dangers that may not already be open and obvious.

​This "duty of care" obligates people who own, possess, or control property to exercise reasonable care to:

  • Maintain their property;

  • Inspect the property;

  • Repair any potentially dangerous conditions; and/or

  • Give adequate warning of any dangerous condition(s).

A property owner or occupier who is negligent in failing to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition may be liable for any injuries sustained on the property. The injured party may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner for damages.