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When you’re doing something as ordinary as shopping in the supermarket or walking up an apartment complex stairway, you don’t expect to get injured. Sadly, many Utah residents find themselves seriously injured after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident that happen in common places such as these. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be due compensation.

Slip and fall accidents are governed by the law of premises liability. Premises liability refers to the body of law which determines when landowners and others are responsible to those injured due to an unsafe or dangerous condition on the property. Most premises are governed by safety codes and other laws which create duties. Additionally, in Utah, property owners are required to exercise ordinary care to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for guests. Owners, tenants, and others must remedy or remove any dangerous conditions from the premises. If these duties are not followed, those injured may make a claim for the damages suffered. Types of claims include slip and falls at stores, restaurants, parking lots, and stairways, falls due to excessive buildup of snow or ice, injuries due to dangerous conditions on public lands or areas open to the pubic, and injuries resulting from mold or other contamination.

Preserving and documenting evidence becomes crucial to establish the dangerous condition. Inspect the site of your accident and take photographs to document the condition as soon as possible. The property owner may correct the hazardous condition soon after your fall in attempts to avoid a lawsuit, so it’s important to get photographs promptly. Also take note of the area, looking at things such as lighting, security, signs, etc. Try to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your fall. These people may be needed to testify or give a statement for your claim.There are various techniques which can be employed by a skillful attorney to determine negligence in a slip and fall case. For instance, in claims involving excess accumulation of ice and snow, historical weather data can show how long property owners had to remove the dangerous condition. Evaluation of the property’s lighting, drainage, handrails, surface material and other factors often reveal deficiencies. Expert witnesses may also provide valuable insight into how and why the injury occurred. While these claims are difficult, our firm has obtained excellent results for clients. Certain time limits apply for when you must bring your claim, so it is important to contact a skilled Utah slip and fall attorney at The Faerber Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.