There are many situations in which you can suffer a slip and fall injury. But they all hinge on one main cause: negligence. Property owners and business owners live busy lives. It’s easy to overlook spilled milk or a cluttered walkway. However, when these types of situations occur, time is of the essence. When you fail to clean up these messes promptly, they become dangers for customers and guests.
If someone slips or trips and falls and suffers injuries as a result, the party in charge of maintaining the property is often held liable. Read on to learn about four common types of slip and fall negligence.
Wet floors are the most common cause of slip and fall accidents. They tend to occur in stores and restaurants, where water and other liquids can spill and cause puddles. Customers can also make floors wet by bringing in water from the rain or ice outside. Store managers and employees should be aware of these situations. They need to take the proper steps to clean up floors promptly. Further, once an employee has mopped a spill, it’s a good idea to set up “Wet floor” signs. This lets customers know that the floor is potentially wet. They can then take necessary precautions.
It’s not uncommon for old carpet to get loose from the floorboard and start to pile up. This can cause customers to trip over it and fall. Mats and rugs that are not securely attached to the floor can also come up and cause trips and falls. Stairs are especially notorious for trips and falls. A lack of maintenance can cause floorboards to come loose or even fall, resulting in serious accidents for guests. Property owners need to maintain and inspect floors often. They should make repairs as soon as possible.
Ditches, Potholes, and Damaged Sidewalks
Sidewalks and parking lots should be free of huge, overt cracks and openings in the ground. They can cause customers to trip and fall. Whoever owns the property—typically the city or store owner—needs to ensure that even the outside areas of the store are free of defects. If they cannot fix the situation immediately, they should post signs, fences and other warning markers to let customers know.
Inadequate lighting is a major issue in outdoor areas, such as apartment complexes. Property owners have a responsibility to provide sufficient lighting so that customers can walk safely. A lack of lighting can cause someone to walk in darkness, which can affect vision and lead to trips and falls. Owners should inspect lighting regularly. This will ensure there are no burnt-out light bulbs or other situations that can cause reduced lighting.
Get Help for Your Slip and Fall Injury
A slip and fall injury is no laughing matter. You could suffer broken bones, torn ligaments, head trauma, brain injuries, paralysis and more. Your injuries could be long-term or life-threatening in nature. They will likely result in expensive medical bills. You may not be able to return to your job. The Long Beach premises liability lawyers at The Beliz Law Firm can assess your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us and schedule a consultation by calling (562) 452-3772.