In reality, there are many different walking surfaces that can often be
blamed for slips and falls. Sidewalks, entrances and exits of buildings,
and interior floors can all be culprits. Actually, it is not always the
surface that causes the problem, as much as the
condition of the surface that results in many slip and fall accidents.
Poorly maintained sidewalks
It is most often the premises owner that is responsible for the condition
of the sidewalks. Whether or not the sidewalk has been properly maintained
is a crucial fact to consider in slip and fall cases. Regular inspections
of sidewalks should be a priority for business owners. Yet, they often
underestimate the likelihood of falls, especially in high traffic areas,
such as entrances and exits. When inspections are conducted properly,
dangerous conditions can be detected and corrected as soon as possible.
Weather conditions can make surfaces hazardous
Another very common concern regarding outdoor surfaces is the weather.
In states where ice and snow are commonplace, those dangerous weather
conditions often cause serious problems for premises owners. The law does
not require a property owner or occupant to constantly remove snow or
ice as it accumulates. However, when the failure to reasonably remove
the precipitation creates an unnatural accumulation of snow or ice, then
the property owner may be held liable for resulting injuries.
Hazardous conditions indoors
There are other conditions that occur inside a building that can be dangerous.
For example, torn carpeting, poor lighting, sudden changes in the type
of flooring, and wet floors, also cause slip and fall accidents. When
floors have recently been waxed or polished, but no warning signs are
in place, injuries can occur. Stairways and other types of flooring, when
not properly maintained, can become worn out from continued use, and can
cause pedestrians to slip and fall.
If you have questions regarding a personal injury matter, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.