A hazardous condition occurs when the potential for injury is present. Hazardous conditions can involve a temporary condition such as an icy sidewalk, or a permanent condition like a broken step.
In the case of a temporary condition, the owner of the property may not have been aware that the condition existed. For instance, you are shopping in a grocery store; another customer in the aisle ahead of you knocks over a jar of pickles.
A couple minutes later you walk down the same aisle and slip in the mess made by the broken jar of pickles. The grocery store is not liable for this accident because they did not know about the broken jar of pickles on the floor.
In a permanent condition, the owner may be found negligent due to his or her failure to repair the condition in a timely manner. Conditions that reflect the regular upkeep and maintenance of a property are the legal responsibility of the owner.
Who is responsible in a slip and fall accident?
The responsibility in a slip and fall accident may be shared by both the owner of the property and the injured party. The owner is responsible for keeping walking areas and/or surfaces safe for all who use them. The injured individual is responsible for watching where they step, recognizing and avoiding possible dangers.
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