When our readers in New Mexico think of the typical slip-and-fall case, they probably envision a scenario at a grocery store where a slippery floor was not properly cleaned, leading to someone falling and becoming injured. And, while it may seem fairly straightforward to determine who is at fault in these types of situations, a personal injury lawsuit based on such a scenario might actually be more complicated than one may think.
For starters, injured victims will often need to file a case in civil court to begin the process of holding the business or store accountable. In order to file such a case, the injured victim must have the basic elements of a premises liability case established, at least until further information becomes available.
In essence, a premises liability case must show that the owner or possessor of the property knew about the unsafe condition on the property and failed to properly correct the condition - thus showing the property owner or possessor's negligent conduct. However, there are many different facts that could cause a lawsuit to fail. For example, if the property owner or possessor did not have adequate time to address the unsafe condition before the victim's injuries occurred, the lawsuit could run into a roadblock.
Premises liability cases can quickly become complicated. New Mexico residents who have been injured in a slip-and-fall situation may need to contact an attorney to answer any questions they have and get more information about the legal options in their own unique situation.