Every year, hundreds of thousands of slip and fall accidents are recorded across the nation. A slip and fall accident occurs when a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else’s property. If a slip and fall accident occurs on property owned or maintained by someone else, the property owner may be held legally responsible.

There are many ways a person can be hurt in a slip and fall accident. In a home or building, a slip and fall injury could be caused by changes in flooring, poor lighting, torn carpeting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor. Outside, a slip and fall injury could be caused by a broken sidewalk, a hidden hazard, or dangerous weather conditions like rain, ice, or snow.

A person injured in a slip and fall accident must prove that dangerous conditions were the cause of the accident and that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition. The dangerous condition must be something that would have been unanticipated under the circumstances and not an obvious danger that could have been avoided. For a property owner or possessor to be held liable, it must be proven that they should have known about the hazard and taken care of it before the injury occurred.

If a slip and fall injury occurs on government property, the process is a bit different. Many government agencies have enacted specific laws regarding personal injury lawsuits against the government and the laws that affect your case will depend on the location where the injury occurred. There also may be broad immunity provisions that shield the government entities from liability. In these cases, it may be best to consult a personal injury lawyer with experience in handling cases against the government to handle your personal injury claim for you.

If you are hurt in a slip and fall accident, there are several things that you should do to protect your interests.

* Collect evidence showing what or who caused the accident.
* Document the injuries caused by the accident.
* Write down everything regarding the accident and the outcomes you faced, including medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.
* Collect the contact information of any witnesses.
* Take notes about your conversations with witnesses or other parties.
* Inform the property owner of your intentions to file a claim.