6 Common Slip and Fall Accident Causes
Most Common Cause of Slip and Fall Incidents
If you have been injured in an slip-and-fall accident, you may be wondering what category your accident falls into and whether or not the attorneys at the Advocates can help you. Remember that injuries are injuries, and that we deal mostly with negligence. The law does not actually define the term “slip and fall,” and if you have any questions you can contact an attorney at the Advocates day or night.
Wet and Slippery Floors
Any wet or slippery surface can cause a person so to slip or fall in a myriad of ways and end up severely injured. We have seen it several ways: from a grocery store to a move a theater. There is a reason, major retail chains react quickly to spilled liquids.
Icy Walkways and Stairs
This the out-door version of wet and slippery floors. It is a property owner’s responsibility to remove ice and snow form the walkways, stairs, and sidewalks so that patrons, and passers-by do not get injured.
Walkways cluttered with objects are an obvious hazard, but even small bumps can be dangerous and lead to slip-and-fall accidents. Even rugs and floor mats should be checked to prevent slip and falls.
Damaged Stairs and Walkways
Damage to an indoor or an outdoor walkway or staircase can have serious consequences for someone who falls while walking or happens to be passing by when the walkway or staircase gives way. The property owner is responsible to maintain the stairs and walkways of buildings so that no one is injured while using them.
If a parking lot or walkway is unlit or poorly-lit it can be difficult for users to navigate obstacles in the dark leading to avoidable injuries. Failing to provide proper lighting can be negligence on the part of the property owner.
Unmarked Ditches and Potholes
Dangerous conditions like ditches and potholes should be marked with signs or barriers. They are obviously dangerous, and the property owner has a duty to protect others from injury.