Slip and Fall Hazards to Understand and Avoid

Slip and Fall Hazards to Understand and Avoid

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September 12, 2017
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There are many different ways an individual can be injured. One of these is by falling to the ground and injuring a body part in his or her landing. Property owners have the responsibility to prevent slips and falls by removing all hazardous conditions from their properties. Many take additional steps to reduce injuries by ensuring that their properties are well-lit and that any hazards that cannot be immediately repaired are conspicuously marked. When a victim is injured because of dangerous conditions on a property, he or she can seek compensation for any resulting damages through a premises liability claim.

Although it can be comforting to know that you can seek compensation in the event you are injured, it is far preferable for you to avoid an accident in the first place by recognizing and avoiding slip and fall hazards like those listed below.

Unsecured Carpets

When a throw rug is not secured by a carpet pad or another adhesive, it can be a tripping hazard. Do not run on unsecured carpets and if you see a wrinkle in the carpet, step carefully over it.

Wet Floors

Wet floors can be slippery, especially if they are tile or hardwood. Property owners should clean up spills as soon as possible and when they cannot do this immediately, place caution signs around the spill to prevent slips and falls.

Loose Handrails

All staircases should be equipped with handrails. But when a handrail is loose or broken, it cannot do its job, which is to support individuals walking up and down the staircase. With outdoor handrails, ice and snow accumulation can also be a hazard because they can make it difficult to grip the handrail and use the stairs in a safe, controlled manner.

Broken and Uneven Steps

Steps can be a significant slip and fall hazard inside and outside. When they are broken, not even, covered in debris or an unsecured carpet, or not lit properly, stair users can easily injure themselves.

Ice, Snow, Water, and Accumulated Leaves Outside

Certain slip and fall hazards are seasonal. During the fall, leaves from the trees can accumulate on your steps and sidewalks and after a rainstorm, they can become a slippery, wet injury waiting to happen. In the winter, snow and ice can create dangerous conditions on all outdoor walkways.

Clutter and Debris

Even simple items like boxes and other clutter around a property can be tripping hazards, especially when there is not sufficient lighting to see them.

Work with an Experienced Troy Personal Injury Lawyer

You can be injured in a slip and fall accident regardless of your age and fitness level. If your injury was due to a property owner’s failure to safely maintain the premises of his or her home or commercial building, you could have grounds to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team of personal injury lawyers at Nickola Law today to set up your free consultation with us.


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