Our clients look for help after being injured in these circumstances:
- Wet and Slippery Floors: This can include spills in grocery stores, water tracked in from rain or snow at entrances, recently mopped or waxed floors, and leaks. Businesses are generally expected to promptly address these hazards.
- Uneven Surfaces: This includes cracked or uneven sidewalks, potholes, loose floorboards, or uneven carpeting/tiles.
- Cluttered Floors: Obstructions or debris in walkways, especially in retail or warehouse settings, can be a tripping hazard.
- Inadequate Lighting: Poorly lit staircases, hallways, or parking lots can make it hard for individuals to see and avoid potential hazards.
- Stairs: Missing handrails, broken steps, or slippery stairs can cause falls. The design of the stairs themselves, such as those that are too steep or shallow, can also be a risk factor.
- Escalators and Elevators: Malfunctions, sudden stops, or uneven landings can cause people to trip or fall.
- Weather-Related Hazards: Icy sidewalks, parking lots, or entryways can lead to slip and fall accidents. Property owners may have a responsibility to clear ice and snow within a reasonable time frame.
- Inadequate Training: In work settings, employees may trip and fall if they haven’t been trained on safety procedures or if they lack appropriate safety gear.
- Neglected Maintenance: If property owners don’t regularly inspect and maintain their premises, hazards may emerge and lead to accidents.
- Hidden Hazards: This can include things like a hole or indentation hidden by grass in a lawn or a broken tile concealed by carpeting.
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If you have been the victim of an accident on someone’s premises through no fault of your own, whether a commercial establishment, private home or public property, it is your legal right to investigate the cause, and in the case of wrongdoing, file suit on the basis of premises liability.
Individuals, businesses and government agencies have clearly defined responsibilities for maintaining property in a safe condition.