4 Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining safe environments for visitors. If they fail to do so, they may be legally responsible if an accident occurs on their premises that could and should have been avoided.

If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident, a Connecticut personal injury attorney at Carter Mario Law Firm can help you understand your legal rights. We may be able to help if your accident was the result of any of the following:

  • Objects in a walkway. Any item placed in a person’s walking path is a potential trip hazard. Even small objects can pose serious dangers to people if they are placed or left in a designated walkway or in a location that is normally free from trip hazards.
  • Unmarked elevation changes or broken steps and platforms. Sudden changes in elevation can cause a person to lose his or her footing. This may lead to a fall. Broken steps and platforms pose a risk for tripping which can lead to suffering severe injuries.
  • Wet, polished, or waxed floors. When a tile, vinyl, or laminate floor is wet due to a leak, spill, or the application of floor polish or wax, it could be slick and more likely to cause a slip and fall. Property owners should always post signs warning people of wet and dangerous floors.
  • Poor lighting. Poorly lit walkways can be trip hazards. Normally, avoidable obstacles can become dangerous if a person can’t see them.
  • Missing handrails. If a stairwell or balcony is missing hand or guard rails, a person could fall and injure themselves. Injuries can be severe if the fall was from a significant height.

A victim of a slip and fall injury may be eligible for compensation if a property owner’s negligence contributed to the accident. If you’re wondering whether you have a valid premises liability case, don’t hesitate to contact Carter Mario Law Firm at (203) 806-9256.