June 5, 2021
Slip and Fall Accidents
Tripping or slipping may feel like a momentary act of clumsiness when it happens and people often think that it’s nobody’s fault but their own. In reality, many causes of slip and falls are the result of negligence. Companies and even individuals have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of that duty. If oversight results in someone getting hurt, companies or individuals may be liable for negligence. Here are some examples of how failing to address conditions that can cause people to fall may inflict serious bodily harm and create liability.
People are not responsible for the weather, but icy conditions have to be dealt with in a timely manner. A walkway or stairs that are covered in a sheet of ice are an obvious hazard. Even when someone sees that there is ice and takes care to avoid slipping, it may simply be impossible to avoid. Moreover, a lot of ice is not easily perceptible, particularly in foul weather conditions or poorly lit areas.
A leak anywhere inside of a building can really catch people by surprise. Most people certainly would not expect to find a puddle of water somewhere as they walk through a building. Bear in mind the fact that there is a puddle of water somewhere in a building does not necessarily mean that someone committed an act of negligence. However, if someone was aware of a leak and failed to take appropriate action this will almost certainly indicate that there was a negligent act or omission. The duty to correct an unsafe condition comes into effect only when the party responsible becomes aware of it. If, for example, there is a towel near water on the floor, that may signify that whoever needed to address the problem failed to do so.
An uneven area where people are walking can cause people to stumble and fall forward. This type of condition can occur indoors with loose boards or poorly secured treads on stairs. Uneven surfaces outdoors can be extremely dangerous because they are often on concrete or pavement. Some cities and municipalities have regulations attempting to create immunity for injuries in these types of scenarios. Nevertheless, previous reports of an unsafe condition may make a city or town liable for negligence.
Ultimately, people who have sustained a serious injury after a slip and fall may wish to consider pursuing a claim for negligence. Damages may include medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact an experienced slip and fall attorney like David & Philpot, to assist with your claim and possible compensation.