Slip and Falls in a Condominium
Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death or unintentional injury worldwide. Falls can happen anywhere, even where you live. If you live in a condominium, chances are there is an association that is responsible for keeping the common areas of the complex safe and free from hazards. Condominium boards or associations have a duty to repair any dangerous conditions or to at least warn residents and visitors of such conditions. Hazards and dangerous conditions are an unfortunate consequence of someone failing to do their job, and they can be present in any area of a condominium complex.
Dangerous Conditions in Condominiums
Some common areas in condominium complexes where hazards can cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Lobbies—uneven flooring, torn floor mats, slippery floors, and debris on the floor can all cause falls
- Elevators—uneven flooring, improperly maintained, or uninspected elevators can cause serious injury
- Tennis or Basketball Courts—cracks in the pavement or holes on the courts can lead to injury
- Pools—damaged tiles, broken steps and ladders, inadequate signage, and the lack of anti-slip mats can lead to falls and other accidents
- Grassy Areas—holes that are not visible can easily lead to falls
- Breezeways, Walkways, and Hallways—debris on the ground, broken staircases, missing handrails, loose pavers, and clogged drains can all be dangerous conditions.
- Gyms—loose electrical cords, broken equipment, and slippery surfaces can cause injuries.
- Parking Lots and Garages—holes or cracks in the floor, out of place and broken wheel stops, uneven flooring, and oil spills can all be hazardous.
- Sidewalks—cracked and uneven pavement can lead to serious falls.
What if You’ve Been Injured?
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you report the dangerous condition to the condominium board. Make sure to take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall and get the contact information of any witnesses to the incident. It is also crucial that you receive medical treatment, even if you’re unsure whether you’ve been injured.
Once you make a report to the condominium association, they will get their insurance company involved. The insurance company is in the business of not paying out claims so you may want to have an experienced injury attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the victims of slip and fall accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.