Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of lawsuits classified as "premises liability." Often, they are caused by slippery or sticky substances on the floor, but also could be caused by debris, broken or missing handrails, uneven steps, or ice.
The law requires safe passageways on all public and private premises. If you fall on an unsafe walkway, you could be entitled to compensation for your injury.
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In many states, a person who is on a property is either classified as one of three things:
An invitee was invited to visit from the property owner. This includes customers shopping at stores. The owner has an obligation to care for their property, which includes warning the invitee of potentially dangerous walking conditions.
A licensee would be considered a houseguest or party attendee. In situations involving licensees, the property owner does not have a duty to inspect for hazards, but the owner must tell the visitor of any known dangers on the property.
A trespasser is someone who enters the property without an owner's permission. If an owner finds a trespasser on their land, they have a duty to exercise ordinary care and tell them if there are any hidden dangers.