When you’re hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, you’ll need to prove fault to be compensated. While it might seem like it’s obvious that the property owner is at fault, that’s not always the case.
One of the things that you need to prove is that the owner could have prevented the accident. For instance, if the owner knew there was a leaky roof but did nothing about it, an injury caused by the roof collapsing on you could be compensable by law.
In the same situation, if the owner knew the roof was leaking and didn’t take steps to warn guests about slick floors, then any injuries caused by slipping and falling could be something the owner has to deal with in court. It can be argued that the owner should have said something to the victims ahead of time, so they could avoid slipping.
It’s a property owner’s responsibility to make sure the conditions in a property are safe. That doesn’t mean all accidents or injuries can be the fault of a property owner, but if the owner could have taken steps to prevent those injuries and didn’t, then the court is more likely to rule in favor of the injured. An owner can also be held liable if he or she causes the condition that results in a person’s injury.
Our website has more information on how to hold a property owner liable for the injuries you’ve suffered if you were on his or her property at the time. When you’re a victim, you deserve to seek the compensation you need to recover without having to jump through hoops.