Common Slip And Fall Accident Causes
There are a lot of conditions that, if present on someone’s property, could present a risk of injury to visitors. We’ve included a list of some of the most common hazards encountered by Florida residents below.
Indoor Slip and Fall Hazards
Slip and fall hazards can be divided into two general categories: indoor hazards and outdoor hazards. When they occur indoors, which tends to happen more often, it is usually the result of a visitor coming into contact with:
- Wet floors, whether due to recent waxing or mopping, spilled food or liquids, leaks, or even tracked-in water;
- Torn, loose, frayed, or bulging carpeting or rugs;
- Staircases with broken or missing handrails, or crumbling or uneven steps;
- Sloping or uneven flooring;
- Debris or miscellaneous objects in the walkways;
- Poorly constructed flooring transitions; and
- Open cabinets and drawers.
Lighting can also play a role in causing slip and fall accidents. It is much more likely, for instance, that a person will fall when climbing a poorly lit stairwell. Even overly bright lights can cause a glare that also increases a person’s chances of falling.
Outdoor Slip and Fall Hazards
Despite its sunny weather, Florida still has its fair share of outdoor slip and fall hazards, including:
- Broken and uneven concrete on walkways and entrances;
- Slippery walkways from rain, ice, spills, or even decaying leaves and other plant matter;
- Divots and cracks in parking lot asphalt;
- Potholes; and
- Temporary walkways and construction ramps.
Because these kinds of defects are so dangerous for visitors, property owners are required to conduct regular inspections of their premises and if they find a hazard, to fix it as soon as possible. Property owners that fail to take these precautionary steps could end up being held liable for their negligence if it results in a slip and fall accident.
Pursuing a Slip and Fall Claim
When pursuing a slip and fall claim against a property owner, an injured party will need to prove that he or she sustained an injury because of a hazard on the owner’s property. An injured party will then need to prove that the owner either:
- Created that hazard (and so had to have known about it) and failed to correct it; or
- Wasn’t aware of the hazard, but would have been if he or she had exercised the proper degree of care in inspecting and maintaining the premises.
If successful, a slip and fall accident victim could be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses;
- Long-term care costs;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income due to disability; and
- Pain and suffering.
For help seeking reimbursement for your own slip and fall-related injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team today.
Experienced Slip and Fall Lawyers in Tampa
Call 813-251-0072 to speak with one of the experienced Tampa slip and fall lawyers at Anderson & Anderson about your own legal options following a slip and fall accident. You can also set up an initial consultation with a member of our legal team by filling out an online contact form.