Slip and fall accident claims generally fall under the legal category of premises liability. Essentially, New Hampshire property owners must keep their premises reasonably free of dangers, so that visitors will not inadvertently injure themselves in an on-sight accident. If an accident does occur, and the property owner did not fulfill his or her duty to keep the premises safe, then the owner might be liable for damages.
The most common slip and fall incidents involve wet shopping center floors. Exposure to toxic substances and emissions is also quite common. Attackings and muggings might also qualify for premises liability damages. Poor lighting, uneven ground, elevator incidents and drownings in swimming pools are also frequent ways that an on sight premises accident can occur.
Areas where property owners tend to fail in their duties to keep a premises safe include failing to put up warning signs in slippery areas and failing to remove snow from sidewalks. They also might forget to install security cameras in parking garages and other features. A shopkeeper might neglect to leave a sidewalk cellar door open and an individual falls right in. Alternatively, a pedestrian might get hit by a falling piece of window from a third-floor balcony.
When an accident happens because a property owner fails to keep an area safe, injured slip-and-fall accident victims may wish to seek justice and restitution through a premises liability claim. If successfully navigated, such a case could bring victims money for living expenses in the event of a permanent or temporary disability, money for vital medical care and other types of damages.