Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall accident can cause traumatic physical injuries that can be life-altering. When a property owner allows unsafe conditions to develop on his or her property, they should be held liable for any injury that results. Property owners should especially address some of the common factors that can lead to slip and fall accidents. These factors include:

Wet and Slippery Surfaces

When spilled liquid, grease, or food aren’t quickly cleaned up, surfaces can become dangerously slippery. Property owners must quickly respond to these situations by cleaning up the mess and warning others of the condition of the floor. Property owners should also be mindful of when they wax or clean floors. Sometimes slippery surfaces are caused by weather conditions such as rain, snow, or ice. While property owners can’t control the weather, they can be diligent in their response to water that is tracked on the floor or ice that has accumulated outside.

Uneven Surfaces

Dented floors, torn or folded carpeting, and broken pavement can all be potential dangers to pedestrians. Property owners have an obligation to promptly repair problems in floors and pavements or to at least warn the public of any dangers. 

Cluttered Surfaces

Cables and wires laid across a high traffic area can be dangerous. Getting your foot snagged in a cable and falling to the floor, especially on tile or concrete, can lead to serious injuries. Things like sound systems, vacuums, power tools, and other electrical devices may require the use of extension cords, but these cords should always be covered or taped down, and pedestrians should be warned of the hazards.

Inadequate Lighting

If areas of a property do not have sufficient lighting, it can be difficult for a pedestrian to see potential hazards. Property owners should make sure that light bulbs are replaced and adequate lighting is provided throughout their property. This is especially true in stairways and hallways where adequate lighting is essential for safety. 

Contact a Trusted Attorney

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.