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Holding business owners accountable for slip and fall injuries

Any time a Hartford area resident chooses to shop at a store or eat at a restaurant; he or she has certain expectations with regard to the condition of a business' premise. For example, one likely expects a place of business to have a suitable and well-light parking lot, an entry that is easily accessible and free of obstructions and an interior that is easily navigable and clean.

In cases where a business or property owner fails to maintain a premise to ensure for the safety of patrons and other members of the public, he or she may be held liable for any injuries that result. Potholed parking lots, slippery sidewalks, spilled substances, broken railings and uneven floor surfaces are all examples of dangerous conditions to which a property owner must attend and that pose serious slip or trip and fall hazards.

For individuals who suffer injuries on a business' premise due to unsafe conditions, it's wise to discuss one's case with an attorney. An attorney will thoroughly investigate what happened and attempt to determine whether or not an individual may be able to recover damages by filing a premise liability lawsuit.

In order to be successful, a plaintiff in a premise liability lawsuit must prove that a property owner had knowledge that the dangerous condition existed and yet did not act in a timely manner to fix or remedy the condition. Additionally, the danger posed must be obvious so that any reasonable person would agree that harm would result to those who came upon it.

Often, defendants in premise liability lawsuits attempt to downplay the dangers posed by a certain condition or claim they didn't know it existed. For these reasons, it can be challenging to prove that a business or property owner should be held liable for one's injuries and the associated financial burdens. It's important, therefore, to have a strong legal advocate on one's side.

Source:, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview," Oct. 13, 2015

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