Defining Slip and Fall Lawsuit
According to the Law.com Dictionary, a slip and fall is a type of premises liability law “where the victim slips on something on the floor that was the result of negligence that leads to an injury and subsequent lawsuit against the owner of the premises, e.g. falling on spilled milk left on the floor in a grocery store.”
As mentioned above, the owner of a property has an obligation to protect individuals from injury. Property owners are liable for the damages a visitor sustains if they did not do everything in their power to keep the property in a safe condition, but there is one extenuating circumstance. A property owner does not owe a duty to trespassers because a trespasser entered the property without permission from the owner.
The only legal obligation a property owner has to trespassers is if there is a reason for children to access the property. In law, this is referred to as the “attractive nuisance” doctrine. An example of this would be if a swimming pool is on the property. A property owner should put up a fence to prevent children from swimming unsupervised and without permission of the property owner, thus eliminating the potential for a drowning accident to occur.