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Common Dangerous Conditions Resulting in Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip, trip and fall accidents send approximately 9 million people to the hospital each year, resulting in an average of $20,000 per accident. More than 95 million workdays are lost each year in the United States due to slip and fall injuries.
Property owners are responsible for keeping their property free from dangerous and hazardous conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous condition or a property owner’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be entitled to money damages. It is important that you consult with an attorney immediately following your accident as you only have a limited amount of time to bring a claim against the liable party.
3 Common Dangerous Conditions Causing Visitor Injuries
Below are four of the most common dangers that result in slip and fall accidents and serious injuries:
Accumulated Ice or Snow. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe, including keeping walkways, driveways and parking lots clear of snow and ice. Injuries resulting from slipping on ice and snow can be serious. There is no hard and fast rule about how much snow a property owner can leave on his or her property without getting into trouble. Each case is fact specific.
Failure to use a caution wet floor sign. These bright yellow signs can be seen just about anywhere. These signs have two purposes. One major reason is to warn people to avoid wet and slippery areas. A second reason is for the property owner to avoid negligence injury claims and lawsuit brought by visitors who slip and fall on the slippery floor the sign warns about. In short, an owner has a duty of care to use wet floor signs. The failure to place these cautionary warning signs in the vicinity of wet and slippery areas is considered negligence.
Dangerous stairways. The National Safety Council reports that more than 1 million people suffer serious or even fatal injuries in stair accidents each year. An owner or the individual or company that controls a certain property has a legal duty of care to keep that property safe for visitors, especially with regard to the staircases, stairwells and escalators. Most cities even have specific building codes that govern stair dimensions. The failure of property owners to maintain a safe and hazard-free environment or conform to building codes may result in a negligence claim.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by the negligent actions of a property owner, or his management team or employees, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of an attorney, you may seek compensation for your past and future medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering and any other out of pocket expenses you may have incurred as a result of the slip and fall accident.