Injuries and accidents occur in workplaces caused by factors such as slippery or wet floors and pathways or walkways obstructions. No matter the injury and accident cause, once an individual is injured while working on private or public places, employers must be held liable for such injuries. The determination of a slip and fall settlement is done in consideration of several factors. Some of the factors include liability and negligence. While an agreement is reached, compensation is awarded for different injury categories such as medical bills, pain, and suffering and attorney fees.
The primary considerations determining the slip and fall case outcomes revolve around three premises;
1. The party ultimately held responsible for the accident
2. The liable accident party negligent things that caused the accident
3. Did the injured party contributed to their accident in any form
Negligence is the disregard of other people’s safety by the responsible party, such as ignoring a leaking ceiling, pothole, and uneven surfaces within workplaces. Here the primary attribute in the assessment is whether a reasonable individual identified the hazardous or dangerous condition and actions taken to improve its conditions before the occurrence of injuries and accidents. Another alternative task is to prove whether the property owner caused the hazardous condition deliberately, reasonably understanding the possible risks associated with such a situation.
Poor lighting, poor company policy implementation, lack of reasonable justification, and limited visibility are the possible factors that validate negligence in slip and fall cases. As such, plaintiffs are mandated to prove how the held responsible party failed to take appropriate actions to prevent such accidents and injuries. Besides, they are mandated to proof the reasons behind the presence of obstructions. Overall, the primary task of the plaintiffs is to prove the degree of negligence in places where accidents occurred.
Plaintiff fault and contribution freedom
While there must be causative conditions leading to the occurrence of slip and fall accidents, plaintiffs must be freed from guilt aimed at putting all liability on the defending party. When the injured parties contributed somewhat to their injuries, they must take a portion of liability as such negating the full assumption of liable party full responsibility. The determination of partial liability is done by engagement, warnings, and access provided to the complainants. When the injured party was distracted by a phone call or while texting, they assume full personal liability.
To prove diligently that one party is liable, they must have a legal mandate for the property and occurrences that took place within the property boundaries. Usually, business or property owners assume the liability of the accidents and injuries occurring within their premises unless they have insurance covers that relieve their liability. In such cases, plaintiffs file lawsuits against insurance companies.
Overall, slip and fall lawsuits depend on liability, negligence, and plaintiff fault and contribution freedom. To avoid such preventable accidents and injuries, business owners are advised to act immediately on any hazardous conditions discovered. This will mitigate reduce the number of injuries and accidents within workplaces drastically.