Is It Easy to Win a Slip-And-Fall Case?
Slip-and-fall cases can be tricky to prove in court. That’s because it’s essential to prove several key points:
- Did the property owner know about the problem?
- Did the owner make any attempt to remedy the situation?
- Should the property owner have known about the hazard as a matter of routine maintenance?
- Were you injured even though you were taking reasonable precautions to avoid an accident?
In a shopping accident, it is unlikely that the store owner will admit that they knew about the problem that caused your slip-and-fall injury. In those cases, success may hinge on proving that the owner did not have policies in place that would reduce the likelihood of injury.
For example, let’s imagine that you slipped on water leaking from beneath a freezer at the grocery store. If the store owner cannot prove that it regularly inspects its aisles, the owner may be held liable for the accident. But if the store can produce evidence of regular inspections (such as log sheets), the case will be dismissed in court.