Slipping and falling can have serious consequences. In fact, approximately 1 million people go to the emergency room every year because of slipping and falling, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Slip and fall accidents can cause torn ligaments, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries and even death.
There are plenty of hazardous conditions that result in slips and falls. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their premises are free from hazards, but sometimes they are negligent. Here are the most common reasons you might slip and fall and consider a premises liability lawsuit.
1. Hazardous surfaces
The NFSI states that 55 percent of these accidents are due to dangerous surfaces. This includes cluttered floors, torn carpeting, loose floorboards, recently cleaned floors, uneven sidewalks or potholes in parking lots. Property owners should avoid having these conditions present on their premises in the first place or provide adequate warnings or barriers should any arise.
2. Dangerous stairs
There are various instances where stairs can cause a slip and fall injury. For example, steps may become worn out and develop rounded edges. Other times, a handrail might be broken or missing, failing to provide balance and protection. There may also be trash or other debris on the stairs.
3. Inclement weather
Sometimes outdoor conditions cause slip and fall accidents. Rain, ice or snow can cause slippery and uneven surfaces on outdoor properties. While weather is not always predictable, property owners should take measures to put salt on walkways, shovel sidewalks and put warnings up about any dangerous weather conditions on their premises.
These are only three causes of slip and fall injuries. There are numerous other possibilities that may be due to property owner negligence. Whatever the exact cause is, an unexpected fall can result in serious injuries, expensive medical bills and time off from work. Always stay alert to the local conditions wherever you are walking to avoid accidents.