Right around 9 million people throughout the United States will need to visit an emergency room due to injuries sustained in a slip and fall every year according to the National Safety Council. While some of these falls are due to simple clumsiness or personal negligence, others are due to the negligence of others and can cause innocent individuals to sustain devastating injuries.
Sometimes a fall will cause very minor injuries, like scraped knees or a bruise, and a person won’t require any medical care. In other instances, however, a fall could lead to concussions, broken bones, soft tissue damage, or other difficult injuries. If a person sustains injuries such as this from a fall, proving negligence on the property owner’s behalf will become a necessary part of your settlement case. In order to collect damages to cover your accident, you’ll need to prove that the property owner was responsible for the accident you experienced in the first place.
There are several common negligent conditions that can cause slip and fall accidents. Some of these negligent conditions include:
• Failure to clean up spills – Water, oil, grease, or even ice cream or beverages can lead to slip and fall accidents. If a person slips and falls on any of these substances and suffers an injury, they will need to prove that the property owner or employees knew of the spill, or should have known of the spill, and had still failed to clean it up in a timely manner.
• Poor lighting – Humans need a reasonable amount of light to see, and without enough light they can miss obstacles or hazards leading to a slip and fall. In a place where lighting is not adequate, an injured person will need to prove negligence by proving that the property owner did not provide adequate light where visitors or guests are intended to travel.
• Exposed wiring on the floor – Wires and cables can be a big tripping hazard, and they’re quite easy to miss while lying on an establishment’s floor. In some instances, these wires may not be able to be kept hidden away, but patrons or visitors should be notified of them at all times while they’re exposed. If a property owner failed to keep exposed wiring tucked away and did not warn of the presence of this wiring, this can serve of proof of negligence in a slip and fall case.
• Debris in the walkway – In some instances, debris along a walkway might be unavoidable. In a park during a windy day, for instance, you may find leaves or small branches on the ground. However, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to clear up this debris and provide a safe environment for visitors. Hazardous debris left on walkways can serve as proof of property owner negligence.
• Uneven flooring – Uneven flooring can be dangerous to walk on, and any uneven sections should be fixed as quickly as possible or property owners must notify visitors of the potential hazard. If uneven flooring causes a slip and fall and no signage is present, this could be used as proof of negligence in a slip and fall injury case.
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