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Proving fault in Rhode Island slip-and-fall accidents

A slip-and-fall accident happens when a person slips, trips and falls on another person's property. The property can be residential, commercial or public property. All property owners should have some form of insurance to protect themselves from such claims, which are inevitable if someone falls and suffers even the slightest injury. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, here is how fault is proven.

There is no set method for proving a slip and fall accident, but when it comes down to it, there are two things the court will look at before making a decision. The first is if the property owner acted carefully enough so any visitors would not trip, slip and fall while visiting. The other is if the visitor was careless in noticing potential hazards or in attempting to avoid the issue.

The most important aspect needed to prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident is that there was a potential hazard on the property and that the owner knew of the potential hazard. The condition must have been one that the injured person would not have been able to anticipate under the circumstances. Because of this, people are required to be aware of and avoid potential hazards if they want to win such cases.

In order to prove that a property owner knew of a dangerous condition or hazard, it must be proven that the owner created the condition, knew the condition existed and did not fix it or that the condition was present for so long that the owner should have known it needed to be fixed.

There are times when slip-and-fall accidents are no one's fault except for the person who suffered the injury. Not every slip and fall case is someone's fault. A slip and fall can just be an accident. This is what makes differentiating between the two difficult.

To learn more about premises liability and how an attorney can help you in your personal injury case, take a few minutes to review our web pages on the topic.

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