Representation from an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in El Paso
If you’ve been injured on someone’s else’s property, then you may be wondering how you can get compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Speak to one of our El Paso slip and fall lawyers at Chavez Law Firm to find out how our legal team can help you. We are passionate about community safety and will do everything we can to make sure that the responsible person is held accountable for their actions.
How to Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident
Because it is normal for buildings to degrade, an owner or manager cannot be held responsible for immediately dealing with every potentially dangerous situation. If the owner is not careful in keeping up the property or taking care of a dangerous situation; however, then they may be accountable for any damages under premises liability law.
When you a file a claim with the courts, they will investigate your case to see who is at fault. You may be able to prove that the owner is responsible for your damages if one of the following is true of your situation:
- The owner or one of their employees caused the dangerous surface or item to be present
- The owner or one of their employees knew about the dangerous surface or item, but made no action to improve the situation
- The owner or one of their employees should have known about the dangerous surface or item because any “reasonable” person would have known about it and fixed it
People will most often argue that the last situation applies in their case. Unfortunately, this situation is the most difficult to prove because the “reasonableness” of a person is often subjective. Judges and juries may determine the reasonableness of the owner by finding out if the owner had made regular efforts to make the property safe. They can review the amount of times the owner conducted maintenance checks and cleanings. In addition, they will see if the owner put up any warning signs or barriers and if they had a good reason to put the object in the place it was.
If the courts find that you did not have a legitimate reason for being on the premises or your own carelessness contributed to the accident, then they might partially or fully assign blame to you. This is known as comparative negligence.
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Want to prove that another person was at fault for your accident? Call our firm today to get in touch with one of our El Paso slip and fall lawyers. We offer a free case evaluation to those who are interested in retaining our services! Take advantage of this opportunity today.