What is the difference between premises liability and “slip & fall” accidents?

Slip and fall accidents are actually one type of premises liability claim. In fact, slip and falls are the most common type of premises liability claim filed in the state of Arkansas. A slip and fall is exactly that: a person slips, trips, or falls and sustains a serious injury or dies as a result of an unsafe situation while on someone else’s property. Generally, the slip and fall was caused by the property owner or manager not taking suitable care to keep the property safe for others.

Who can be held liable in a slip and fall?

The general rule of law is that the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition. At the very least, there is an obligation to warn individuals of dangerous conditions which the owner or possessor of the land either caused, knew about, or should have known about.

Older people tend to fall more often than others. If I am a senior citizen, will I be considered at fault for my fall?

Arkansas law does not distinguish between a person’s age and any pre-existing conditions that they may have. Everyone, regardless of their physical condition or age, has a right to expect property to be maintained in a reasonably safe condition and may recover compensation for any injuries or aggravation of existing injuries that are caused by the property owner’s negligence, as long as the injured person was not being careless at the time of the accident.

If you live in Little Rock or a surrounding area of Arkansas and need an Arkansas slip and fall lawyer, please contact the experienced slip and fall lawyers at Duncan Firm today to schedule your consultation. 

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