Just because you slipped or tripped and fell on someone's property, that doesn't make them automatically responsible for your injury. Property owners have a "duty of care" to make sure that their property is safe; however, they are not guarantor's of your safety.
In any case involving slip, trip, or fall injuries, we must establish that there was a dangerous or defective condition on the property that caused the fall. That's usually the easy part. We must also show that the property owner (or possessor) knew about the defect before the accident or should have known about it because the defect existed on the property for a long enough time for them to have discovered it. This is the more difficult part and involves a review of business records and analysis of the actual slip area itself.
Many slip and fall or trip and fall accidents also focus on the conduct of the person who fell. The most common argument made by the defense is that the plaintiff was not watching where they were going and, had they been more attentive, would not have fallen. This point must be addressed in any slip and fall case.
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