You’ve been invited to a meeting of your neighborhood watch group, held at a neighbor’s home. Your host has told everyone where the bathroom is, and you excuse yourself to find it and head down the dimly lit hallway.

And then you feel yourself falling.

Your host didn’t tell you to watch your step, and your foot gets stuck in the string of the torn carpet. You tumble, put out your hand to break your fall, and wind up breaking your wrist instead.

Ouch. To both your arm and your pocketbook.

Owners are expected to keep their properties free of dangerous conditions, such as broken stairs or handrails, or wet flooring that can cause slips, trips or falls. If they don’t, you can seek compensation through the courts for the costs of your injuries.

The court will look at what precautions the property owner took to try to make sure that a slip and fall wouldn’t happen, as well as at your auctions to see if your injuries were the result of your carelessness.

In determining fault, a court will review whether:

  • The property owner or tenant caused the dangerous condition
  • The property owner or tenant knew about the condition and didn’t fix it
  • The property owner should have discovered the condition and fixed it

A property owner or tenant can be held liable for your injuries if it could have been foreseen that any negligence would have created the dangerous condition.

Sometimes, accidents are just that: accidents. But when they’re not – when they’re caused by someone else’s inaction or negligence – you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more.