Premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to keep their land reasonably safe for guests, visitors and other people. Slip and falls are one of the most common types of premises liability cases. A slip and fall accident can be caused by a number of different things such as a wet surface, an unseen obstacle or a change in floor elevation. When an obstacle should have been removed by a landowner or a building owner neglected to provide adequate warning of the wet surface, and you are injured, you may be entitled to sue for monetary damages. When a slip and fall accident occurs on another person's property, then they may be held liable for the victim's injuries.
As with any type of premises liability case, you will have to prove that the negligent individual owed you a duty of care. In the case of a business, that would be the duty to provide a safe property for customers and reasonable warning to avoid unsafe conditions, for example, a sign to warn of a slippery surface. You must show that they violated this duty of care through a deliberate or negligent action. This could occur if an employee mops the floor and fails to put up a sign or they did not observe the wet spot when any other reasonable employee would have seen it.
This process can be difficult, and it is important that you have the skilled representation of a Rhode Island personal injury attorney on your side to guide you through your case. Without the right representation, you could end up accepting a quick settlement. Further, if you choose to pursue damages through litigation, then you will be up against a skilled lawyer with years of experience defending such cases. I have a family of my own and I know how difficult it can be when you are trying to provide for your family with a serious injury. Please contact my firm as soon as possible to begin building a strong case against the negligent party.