Under What Circumstances Can I Sue for a Slip and Fall?
What Mississippi law says about premises liability
on July 7, 2021
Updated on July 1, 2022
Slip and falls are among the most common types of accidents reported nationwide. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has published data showing that more than one million people seek emergency medical assistance for slip and fall injuries each year. Following a serious slip and fall, you need money to pay for medical treatment and other bills.
This raises an important question: What do you need to prove to bring a slip and fall accident lawsuit? In Mississippi, an injured victim is required to demonstrate that the business or property owner bears liability for the accident. Here, you will find a more detailed overview of the Mississippi slip and fall accident laws.
What to Know About Slip and Fall Accident Liability in Mississippi
Under Mississippi law, property owners and property occupiers owe a duty of care to customers and other permitted guests. This duty of care requires these parties to ensure that conditions on the premises are reasonably safe. Among other things, this means preventing and removing dangerous slipping and tripping hazards. You may have slip and fall accident claim against a business or property owner if your accident was caused by an unreasonable safety hazard, such as:
- Uncleaned leaks or spills
- Tattered carpets/rugs
- Loose cords or wires strung through walkways
- Broken floorboards or stairs
- Lack of lighting in stairwells
Notably, Mississippi is a comparative negligence state for slip and fall cases. To hold a business or property owner liable, you must prove that their negligence—failure to take due care—contributed to your accident. In turn, a defendant may try to reduce their share of the liability by countering that your improper actions, such as being in a part of the property where you were not allowed or running in a hallway, also contributed to the slip and fall accident.
“The fact that Mississippi is a true comparative negligence state is actually a benefit in that a defendant can still be found negligent for whatever percentage of negligence they are responsible for, regardless of any negligence on the part of the plaintiff,” says Rocky Wilkins, a personal injury attorney at law firm Morgan & Morgan in Jackson. “If Mississippi was a contributory negligence state, any negligence on the part of the plaintiff would be a bar to recovery.”
Note on Legal Deadlines: Under MS Code § 15-1-49, a slip and fall accident injury lawsuit is subject to a strict three year statute of limitations. Any legal claim must be filed within three years of the date of the fall accident—otherwise the case will be automatically dismissed.
A Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Get Justice
Mississippi has complex premises liability laws. For this reason, it is imperative that you seek professional representation as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident. An attorney will help you gather the evidence and information that you need to prove liability. You deserve compensation for the full extent of your damages. Money may be available for: medical bills, rehabilitative care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability/disfigurement. If you or your loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney for legal guidance and support.
“A lot of potential clients think they cannot recover because the business won’t admit any wrongdoing,” says Wilkins. “Before taking the defendant’s word, you should talk to a lawyer because there are several ways to prove that a business did something wrong.”