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October 22, 2019 | Gary Burger

Are Landowners Always Responsible for Slip and Falls?

The short answer? No. Just because an accident happens on someone's property does not automatically mean they are liable for the injuries or the damages that a person sustains. But what determines whether or not someone is liable? In what instances would they be liable? In what instances would they not be liable? In this FAQ, we're going to go over several different cases where landowners may or may not be liable for accidents that happen on their property.

If you've been injured on someone's property, and the accident happened because of a dangerous condition or negligent act, you may be able to get a financial recovery for your injuries. If you have questions about your claim, the merits of it, or want to know how a lawyer can help you, call or contact our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis immediately. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never charge any attorneys fees unless we win your claim. Call us now at 314-542-2222 or 618-297-4777.

Are Landowners Always Responsible for Slip and Fall Accidents on their Property?

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As stated earlier, not always. The only time you are entitled to recover from a slip and fall accident is if the landowner had a dangerous condition that they either knew about and didn't fix, or if there was a situation that they should have known about and didn't fix. But when are they not liable? In what situation would an accident be purely at the fault of the person who is injured?

If the dangerous condition is made present and is properly cordoned off, and someone still either slips and fall or becomes injured even though the dangerous condition was made present, they are going to have a much harder time proving their case. Also, negligence on the part of the person who was injured is going to be considered in any slip and fall claim. For instance, if a massive hole is readily apparent on a property, and the hole has barriers around it declaring that the area is dangerous, and someone still goes towards the hole and slips and falls into it, then they are going to be liable for the damages that happen to them.

In short, if a dangerous condition has been made present and the people who either walk through the area or go into the business have been made aware of the dangerous condition, and they still get injured by the condition through their own negligence, and no negligence happened on the part of the business or land owner, the person who is injured may not be able to pursue a personal injury claim.

However, businesses and landowners also have a responsibility to make sure that their premises is safe to travel through. Let's say that the dangerous condition is marked, but the business or landowner never corrects the situation, and a few days, weeks, or months later someone gets injured by the condition which has only increased in danger. In this case, the landowner may be liable for the persistent condition on their property.

Call our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis to discuss your Case

Every case is different, and some claims may need the assistance of a lawyer. Our Firm is dedicated to the rights and recoveries of those who have been harmed by negligent acts, and we fight hard to make sure that our clients get the full recovery they are owed. If you would like to talk to our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis, call or contact our Firm. We never charge any fees for our consultations, and we never charge any attorneys fees unless we win your claim.