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How do I prove fault in Rhode Island slip-and-fall accidents?

It can be difficult at times to prove who is at fault in a slip-and-fall accident. Injuries from these accidents can range from minor to serious as thousands are hurt each year in these accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen on wet sidewalks, floors, down stairs or other surfaces that are wet. So, how do I prove fault in Rhode Island slip-and-fall accidents?

One of the most important questions to ask in a slip-and-fall case is whether or not the owner could have prevented the accident. Not all situations can be blamed on the homeowner. People are still expected to be aware of their surroundings and make as much of an effort as possible to avoid dangerous conditions.

Even though the property owner will not always be held responsible for a slip-and-fall accident, he or she still has a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions on their property. Even though this care is required of property owners, it is balanced out with the care the person who suffered the slip and fall accident should have used while on the property.

In order to prove liability in a slip-and-fall accident, you will need to be able show one or more of the following in court:

- The property owner or an employee of the owner should have known about the dangerous condition because another reasonable person in that position would have known about it and subsequently fixed the issue.

- The property owner or an employee of the owner knew about the dangerous condition and chose not to fix it.

- The property owner or an employee of the owner caused the dangerous condition themselves.

Victims of Rhode Island slip-and-fall accidents can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, attorney's fees, loss of future wages, loss of consortium, funeral expenses and more. Seek legal advice if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents," accessed March 22, 2017

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