Injuries suffered from trips and slip-and-fall accidents may be compensable under premises liability law. Oregon premises liability law governs the legal responsibility of property owners to members of the general public who suffer from an accident or injury caused by dangerous condition of the premises of a property owner.
Slip-and-fall accidents may be caused by wide variety of hazards including slipping on a wet surface, tripping over debris or a dangerous sidewalk, falling due to a broken step, falling due to a malfunctioning escalator or elevator, and many others. A property owner often has an obligation to warn of particular hazardous conditions like these or to clean-up or repair the premises.
Injuries from a slip and fall accident can range from soft tissue injuries such as a herniated disk in the spine, torn muscles or ligaments, and cuts and bruises. People also suffer injuries such as broken bones, fractured skull, brain injury leading to incapacity, and even death.
Often slip, trip and fall accidents often occur inside or outside of a grocery or retail store, gyms, recreation centers, parking structures, hospitals or other businesses. When a person is at a commercial establishment, the owner of the establishment has a high duty to customers and the general public to maintain a reasonably safe premise through reasonable inspection and repair.
Premises liability and slip and fall lawsuits tend to turn on the specific facts of the individual case and require prompt and thorough investigation of the fall related accident. If you are injured at a business or commercial establishment in Oregon or Washington, the liability of the property owner will often depend on whether the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition on the premises. It is very important that the injury is reported to the establishment immediately, or as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know was injured due to a slip and fall, or other premises liability situation, contact Case & Dusterhoff, LLP, online or by phone at 503-607-8218 or 800-658-0167 for a free consultation to discuss the matter.