Slip and Fall Law and Legal Definition

Property owners are often responsible if someone falls on their property. Companies and municipalities are responsible for the maintenance of their streets and sidewalks. This means that they have to clean the sidewalk when it snows, they have to make sure the sidewalks are safe and ttake measures so that the pedestrian can safely walk their property. If you fall on the sidewalk because of ice, fall in a supermarket because of a wet aisle, or fall down a set of stairs without a proper handle or with poor lighting, a personal injury claim may be filed.

Damages that may be recovered include medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and lost wages. It is not always necessary to show that the property owner had actual notice of the slippery or unsafe condition, 'constructive notice' may create liability when the defendant reasonably should have been aware of the unsafe condition.