Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of lawsuits that a personal injury lawyer deals with, and they are especially prevalent during the wet winter months. The owner of a property may be liable for any injuries that occur due to the owner's responsibility or failure to maintain one's property. Slip and fall accidents tend to happen in a few key areas, so it is important to ensure that these areas are not hazardous.
People are very likely to fall on floors that have just been mopped, polished, or waxed because the surface is very slippery. Property owners can be responsible if an accident happens because the floor was improperly cleaned or people were not warned of the condition. Slip and fall injuries due to wet floors can also result in a lawsuit if the correct precautions are not taken.
Inadequate lighting both inside and outside of a property can cause injuries to occur. People are more likely to trip over uneven surfaces or fall into holes when they cannot see where they are going. Property owners can be liable for these accidents if they knew about the problematic lighting and did not fix it.
The machinery of escalators and elevators must be maintained in order to prevent injuries from occurring. People can be injured if faulty machinery causes jerks, catches clothing, makes sudden movements, or traps a body part. Property owners who do not properly upkeep these machines are typically liable for injuries.
Property owners typically are not required by law to clean up any snow or ice that surrounds their building, but they can still be liable if certain conditions cause winter accidents. If a building causes unnatural conditions that make large amounts of ice and snow gather in an area where a person could fall, then the property owner may be liable. This is particularly common in areas where slanted ground causes ice to freeze on sidewalks and parking lots or clogged drains allow dripping water to puddle and freeze on the ground.
People often trip and fall on stairs that are not kept in proper condition. Stairs with broken handrails, worn steps, a non-skid surface, or debris present may result in a slip and fall injury. If the property owner knew about the issue or should have known about it and did not fix it, he or she might be responsible.
Most municipal governments are responsible for the upkeep of public sidewalks that run by a property. However, if a business has a walkway leading only from a public sidewalk or parking lot to their property, they might be liable if injuries occur on the walkway. Common causes of injury on private walkways include cracked pavement, uneven pavement, or holes.
If you have any questions about a slip and fall claim, please contact the legal team at Carter Mario Law Firm to discuss your potential case.