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Slip-and-fall accidents can happen any time in North Carolina

Slip-and-fall accidents aren't only prevalent in the icy winter months. All year-round

people in North Carolina can slip on a wet grocery store floor, trip over a piece of worn carpeting in a hotel or encounter a cracked sidewalk. Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries, but determining who is at fault for a slip-and-fall accident is not as clear-cut as it may seem.

First, to prevail in a slip-and-fall personal injury claim, one must show that the cause was a "dangerous condition." Furthermore, it must be shown that the property owner knew or should have known the area was a danger. A condition is "dangerous" if it poses an unreasonable risk to others and the injured person could not have anticipated that the situation would have been dangerous. That is, if it was an open and obvious danger, a person will have a hard time proving a slip-and-fall claim.

To show that the property owner knew the area posed a danger, the victim must show that the property owner either created the danger, knew it existed and did nothing to fix it or the danger was around for so long that the property owner should have known of it and fixed it.

People can experience a slip-and-fall accident at any point in the year. It could be on an icy walkway in winter or an uneven staircase in a department store in the summertime. It is important for those injured in slip-and-fall accidents to know what they will be up against should they pursue a personal injury lawsuit. With the right knowledge and advice, those who wish to seek compensation for the damages they suffered will be able to make informed choices.

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