What Qualifies as a Slip and Fall Accident?

A slip and fall accident has three essential components. They are as follows:

Let’s take a closer look at each:


what qualifies as a slip and fall accident

The injured party must prove the landowner or the party controlling the property had knowledge of a premises defect. Plus this defect was the reason for an injury causing slipped, tripped, or fall. For the property owner (or controller) to have knowledge, someone must give them notice of the defect. In these situations, there are two types of notice:

Proving liability rest on the shoulders of the plaintiff. Liability is one of the most important issues in a slip and fall case – without it, damages are very difficult to recover.


As with any personal injury case, there need to be damages present. For a slip and fall case, it’s important that injuries stem from the fall, and they can be demonstrated. It is not uncommon for a person to incur serious injuries to the head, and upper and lower extremities. Brain injuries, fractures to wrist and ankles, torn ligaments to knees and shoulders are typical.

This is the reason it is so important to visit a medical professional when you fall or trip. A medical professional should evaluate your injuries so that their extent can be recorded.


Compensation from a slip, trip and fall accident is usually through the insurance of the landowner where the incident took place and/or the property management company’s insurance that maintains the property. These are generally the types of insurance available:

To discuss the circumstances of your slip and fall injuries, reach out to Michael Beliz online or call 562-452-3772 for a fast and free consultation.