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Slip/Trip and Fall

I tripped and fell on an uneven walkway on someone else's property. I was talking on my cell phone at the time I fell. Do I have a case?

What should I do if I am injured on someone else's property?

As a homeowner, what am I required to do to ensure that I am not liable for damages should someone slip and fall on my property?





Q: I tripped and fell on an uneven walkway on someone else's property. I was talking on my cell phone at the time I fell. Do I have a case?

All property owners have the responsibility to take reasonable steps to provide for the safety of visitors. However, the injured party must also show that he or she was exercising reasonable caution.  You may be comparatively at fault if the property owner can prove that you were being careless at the time of the accident.  To fully evaluate the situation and examine who is responsible and to what extent, you should contact Mr. Shapiro for your free consultation either by calling 650-274-0180 or filling out the online form.


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Q: What should I do if I am injured on someone else's property?

Take note of the surroundings and the hazard which caused you to fall.  If you have a smart phone with a camera, try to take photos of the hazard as this may serve as evidence of the condition of the property at the time of injury.  If not done at the time, go back and take pictures if the conditions are the same.  If there are any witnesses, ask for their contact information.  If the business wants you to help with an accident report,  insist on retaining a copy of this report for your records.  Most importantly, contact Mr. Shapiro to review your case.


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Q: As a homeowner, what am I required to do to ensure that I am not liable for damages should someone slip and fall on my property?

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to take reasonable measures to maintain a safe environment for visitors to your property.  If there is an unsafe condition, you must warn individuals of the hazard and correct it in a timely manner.  Regular maintenance and inspection will ensure that you are aware of any unsafe conditions and are able to fix them to avoid injury to others.  You should also maintain adequate homeowners insurance in case you are potentially liable for an injury sustained by a visitor on your property.


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