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Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident is usually the result of someone else’s negligence. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their property, inside and outside. The owner is obligated to provide all persons on the property a safe environment. If hazards arise, proper warnings must be clear and visible. Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of situations:
Adverse weather conditions
Such as ice, snow, and rain, can result in accidents if proper safety measures are not taken. Snow and ice should be cleared from pathways to eliminate the risk of accidents in those areas. Floors inside a building can get slippery from people’s shoes, and if rugs are not available, someone could slip and fall. It is also the owner’s responsibility to ensure the roof is well maintained. Rain and snow can result in roof leaks that can leave water on the floor. In wet and slick conditions, caution signs should be visible to warn people that the floor may be wet. If the owner does not take the necessary precautions, he or she could be held liable for an injury.
Are a common problem, as concrete can expand and contract with weather changes. This results in cracks and other damage, leaving sidewalk uneven. Most sidewalks are maintained by the city. If an accident resulted from a damaged sidewalk, the city could be held liable. Sidewalks within an owner’s property, however, are the responsibility of the owner.
Poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs
Can make it difficult to see where you are going and you may slip and fall as a result. It is the property or business owner’s responsibility to see to it that adequate lighting is provided to prevent injury.
On a public road are often the responsibility of the city or the local department of transportation. Potholes in shopping mall, grocery store, or other business parking lots are the responsibility of the property owner. Potholes are not only severely damaging to cars, but can also cause serious injuries to pedestrians.
Is common in grocery stores and shopping malls where product spills happen frequently. The store manager and employees on duty have a responsibility to clean the spill and clearly mark that the spot is slippery. If the spill is not attended to and someone slips and falls, the business could be held liable for injuries.
Can include unsecured carpeting or rugs and warped floorboards. Individuals can trip over an upturned edge of carpeting and fall. The property owner is responsible for ensuring all flooring is even and secured and may be held liable for any injuries as a result.
Obstructions on the floor or walkway
Can cause someone to trip and fall. Walkways should always be kept clear of debris and obstructions, especially near doorways. Construction workers may leave debris behind, or items may have fallen from a shelf. Regardless of the obstruction, it must be removed to avoid potential injuries.
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It is the property owner’s responsibility and obligation to provide a safe environment for all persons on their property, or to make hazardous conditions obvious. If they do not, our lawyers can hold them liable for their negligence. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident due to a negligent property owner, contact our law firm today to schedule your free consultation.
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