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Slip and Fall Claims on Private vs. Public Property

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of different places, including public buildings, private residences, stores, restaurants, and more. Depending on the location where an accident occurred, the legal process may vary. While working with a slip and fall accident attorney is the most effective way of having a successful claim, it's also important to understand how these claims are affected by the incident's location.

Slip and Fall Claims on Private Property

If a slip and fall injury occurs on private property, the homeowner could be liable for any injuries that occurred due to their negligence, and the injured individual may pursue a claim against the homeowner’s insurance policy. In order to prove liability in this instance, it must be demonstrated that the owner of the property knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to take action to remedy it.

This extends to commercial properties as well, such as restaurants or stores. Since these properties are largely privately owned, they must adhere to the same premises liability standards as homeowners.

Slip and Fall Claims on Public Property

When a slip and fall accident occurs on public property, such as in a government building or park, the laws of premises liability may still apply. These laws state that property owners must exercise reasonable care when protecting visitors from hazards. In contrast to private property claims, however, an injured individual may be able to bring a claim against the government. This may make cases more complex and require different evidence.

For example, public records and government policies and regulations can be taken into account. Additionally, if there is prior communication between a government agency or municipality regarding the property the incident occurred on or its hazards, this may be used to show that they were not diligent in remedying the issue. This can make these cases challenging, so it's important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the complexities.

Recovering Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident

Injured individuals may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a slip and fall accident. If the other party is found to be liable, they may be required to pay damages in order to cover these costs. An experienced personal injury attorney can help injured individuals pursue their claim against the responsible party, gather essential evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement.

Bretz Injury Law aims to help injured individuals recover and protect their future following a slip and fall injury. Call (620) 234-8880 today to request a free consultation to discuss your case.

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