Slip and Fall Negligent Activity vs. Premises Negligence

San Antonio Slip and Fall Lawyers

The Supreme Court of Texas recently delivered a strong opinion to assure that not only are Slip and Fall victims properly represented but defendants are properly protected when a victim does not meet his burden of proof. The Supreme Court of Texas specifically wanted to differentiate between a Slip and Fall caused by negligent activity and a Slip and Fall caused by premises negligence. This article will explain what a negligent activity is and what premises negligence is, and what needs to be proven for each.

Slip and Fall Caused by Negligent Activity

A Slip and Fall caused by negligent activity means your injuries were caused by an ongoing constant activity. An example of a negligent activity can be if a grocery store employee negligently runs a restocking cart into you, causing injuries. The act of the employee negligently running a restocking cart into you is considered a negligent activity because you were injured by or as a contemporaneous result of the activity itself.

To prove liability for a negligent activity you must show:

    • The defendant owed you a legal duty of care;
    • The defendant breached that legal duty of care;
    • The breach proximately caused your injuries; and
    • The injuries resulted in damages.

Slip and Fall Caused by Premises Negligence

The most typical Slip and Fall occurs when the premises is unreasonably maintained and you suffer a injuries. An example of a Slip and Fall caused by premises negligence is when a grocery store knows or should know of a spill in an aisle, fails to clean or warn you of the spill, and you are injured because of the spill. This spill is not a constant ongoing act so you have a premises negligence claim, rather than a negligent activity claim. To prove a premises negligence claim, you must show:

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