How Slip and Fall Accidents Can Occur
Premises liability is a legal concept where property owners can be held accountable if their negligence or recklessness have resulted into an accident and injury. One of the most common premises liability issues is slip and fall.
According to the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., slip and fall accidents may result into the following injuries:
- Broken bones, especially arms, legs, and hips
- Neck and back injuries
- Torn or stretched ligaments
- Traumatic brain injuries
Typically, a slip and fall accident can be a viable legal claim if it has the following factors: First, the dangerous condition has occurred because of the property owner. Second, the dangerous condition has been there long enough for the property owner to see it and correct it. Third, the dangerous condition has resulted into an accident and injury. But what exactly are these dangerous conditions?
Slip and fall accidents can happen indoors or outdoors, and these are the most common dangerous conditions for either:
- Defective building equipment, such as escalators, elevators, and stairs
- Slippery substances, such as spilled drinks, air conditioner leaks, and floor wax
- Trash and debris
- Unobvious obstructions, such as extension cords and cabinets
- Worn carpets and rugs
- Buildup of elements, like water, ice, and snow
Buildup of debris, like leaves and tree branches
Low visibility because of absent or inadequate lighting
Uneven surfaces, like cracks and potholes
The website of Mazin & Associates, PC says that those who have been injured because of slip and fall accidents may have legal actions they can pursue, such as getting settlements from the responsible parties such as property owners.
Of course, this does not mean that visitors should not be careful. Everybody should be diligent to prevent slip and fall accidents. For property owners, they can keep their properties in top condition to avoid defects and always be wary of conditions that may cause accidents. For visitors, they can wear the appropriate footwear for maximum traction to the floor and be alert of possible accident triggers. The key is knowing the dangerous conditions and how slip and fall accidents can occur.