By: Matthew Tievsky
Imagine you are on someone else’s property, such as a convenience
store. While on the property, you slip on some sort of liquid on the ground
that you did not see, and injure yourself. Can you hold the property owner liable?
In the District of Columbia, you can successfully
sue the property owner, generally under one of two conditions. First, an
employee of the property owner put the substance there – e.g., the
substance was a cleaning liquid that was left there by someone who was
cleaning the convenience store for the property owner. The second possibility
is that the substance was left by someone else (such as a customer) but
was on the ground for so long, that the property owner or someone working
for the owner should have seen the substance and cleaned it up.
When there is a slip-and-fall on a foreign substance, it is not always
easy to determine what the substance is; who put it there; or how long
it has been there. But these are crucial questions that usually need to
be answered if for you to successfully prove your case. That’s why
if you or someone you know suffers a slip-and-fall, it is crucial to immediately
get as much detail as possible about how the fall happened, what was on
the ground to cause the accident, where the substance came from, and how
long it was on the ground, as well as to get witnesses’ information,
and make a prompt report to the property owner.
If you have slipped and been injured on someone else’s property,
you should contact a Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC personal injury
attorney at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a