There are many reasons a person may slip and fall on commercial property. Some causes include things like wet and slippery flooring, dark lit hallways or rooms, torn carpeting, or unsafe conditions from rain, ice, or snow.
If you fall on commercial property and it is not your fault, the owner of the property is likely held liable for any injuries caused by the fall. However, the party leasing the space, a maintenance company, or a customer/ visitor could also be held responsible depending on the situation. Sometimes it can be difficult to prove it was the business owners fault. Each case depends on whether or not the business owner acted carefully to prevent slipping and falling and whether the person who fell was careful in paying attention to the conditions that caused the fall.
In order to prove that the accident was the business owners fault the victim must have proof of a “dangerous condition”. A “dangerous condition” presents an unreasonable risk that the individual should not have expected under the circumstances. To establish proof of a “dangerous condition” you must be able to show one of three things:
1) The owner created the condition
2) The owner possessed knowledge that the condition existed and did not fix it
3) The condition has been around long enough that the owner should have corrected it prior to the accident without question
A person may also be able to prove that it was the business owners fault if they can prove that they violated a relevant statue. An example of this would be if the owner ignored safety requirements listed in building codes.