In part two of our in-depth causes of slip and fall injuries, see part one here, we consider the additional causes that are attributed to slip and fall accidents and injuries (see part one here). Although accidents do occur, we urge you to be careful in situations that are typically associated to these types of injuries. Our slip and fall attorneys are only a phone call away if you have been injured and we offer a free, no obligation initial consultation.
5. Wet Floors: Usually, if a floor is recently cleaned or waxed, the property owner will place a yellow caution sign to mark off potential dangers; if not, they could be held accountable for any injuries. A spill that is not cleaned up, broken jars that dump liquid contents onto the floor in an aisle, and water that is tracked in from the outside all pose significant hazards on several different levels, so it is important that these be reported, handled, and avoided at all costs.
6. Cluttered Merchandise: It’s not uncommon to see merchandise that has fallen into the aisles and obstructed the paths of customers, but these can still pose a significant tripping risk to patrons who are unaware of their dangers. Large displays that show off merchandise or supplies waiting to be stocked are some of the most common offenders and can be knocked over and potentially stepped on by unsuspecting victims.
7. Escalators, Elevators, and Moving Sidewalks: A malfunctioning elevator poses a number of health and safety risks, primarily in the form of sudden stops and starts that can cause a victim to be knocked over or trip down a fall. Property owners have a reasonable expectation to keep these units well-maintained, or else a passenger may fall down the stairs and land on the hard floor, causing a lot of different health issues.
8. Low Lighting: Hallways and rooms that are poorly lit provide a haven for all sorts of tripping hazards due to the inability of the victim to see obstacles or steps in their path. Moving between differently lit rooms forces the victim’s eyes to adjust, leaving them momentarily blind and oblivious to the change in elevation or surface that they can encounter.
9. Sidewalks: If a sidewalk is not properly maintained, a person who is simply walking by the business can slip on loose gravel, chips in the stones, or gaps between different segments, causing the victim to fall. The hard surface that the victim lands on can break bones, hurt spinal columns, and potentially cause long-lasting injuries. Though sidewalks are assumed to be the responsibility of the local government to maintain, in Tampa, it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain sidewalk conditions that are adjacent to their property.
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