When you enter onto the premises of another, such as a grocery store, you expect it to be free from hazards. If such a hazardous condition does exist, such as a wet floor, you probably expect it to be marked so that you can exercise proper precaution. Yet, far too many times, property owners in Albuquerque fail to quickly identify and timely remedy dangerous property conditions, whether they be a wet floor, icy sidewalk, or torn carpet. These conditions can leave invitees susceptible to injuries when a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident occurs.
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents can occur in any number of ways. Many times they are caused when someone steps in a wet product, such as water, soda, food, or even mud. But dry material can cause an individual to slip and trip, too. Plastic wrap, for example, can be hard to spot, especially when you're not looking for it, and it can quickly get caught up in your feet.
Tragically, these types of accidents are far too common. In fact, slips, trips, and falls make up 15 percent of all accident deaths, second only to car accidents. Making matters worse is that almost all of these accidents are preventable. This is why the law has created a way to hold property owners accountable for their negligence via premises liability lawsuits.
Those who have suffered injuries caused by a dangerous property condition may have a legal claim that they can pursue. Certain legal elements must be proven, though, including one's classification on the property and whether the property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition. Since many of these claims are hotly contested, it is often best for victims to consider acquiring the assistance of an experienced legal advocate.