Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
When you set foot onto another party’s premises, whether it is the house of an acquaintance or a large supermarket that is part of a chain, you have every reason to expect that it is safe for you to do so. Under the legal doctrine of premises liability, the owners and managers of properties owe a duty of care to those who enter onto their premises; they have a responsibility to make certain that conditions are reasonably safe and that entrants onto their premises are protected from or warned of any potential hazards. When they fail to exercise this duty of care, and an injury occurs as a result, they can be held financially liable for any losses or expenses related to that injury.
Among the most common types of premises liability accidents are slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can occur due to any number of causes; cases involving slip and fall accident causes of all types are expertly handled by Manchester, NH personal injury attorney John B. Kenison, Jr. If you or a member of your family has been seriously injured due to a slip and fall accident that occurred on someone else’s unsafe premises, or if you have tragically lost a family member due to such an accident, we urge you to arrange for an evaluation of your premises liability case today.What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are countless possible causes of slip and fall accidents – far too many, indeed, to include on a list such as this. If you don’t see the cause of your slip and fall accident listed below, don’t take that to mean that you do not have a viable premises liability case. This is by no means a comprehensive list of slip and fall accident causes; rather it is a list of some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents.
The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Hazardous walking surfaces: Hazardous walking surfaces include surfaces that are wet due to spills, slippery due to recently having been mopped or waxed, cluttered due to debris, or dangerous due to loose floorboards or torn carpeting. Outdoor walking surfaces, such as uneven sidewalks and parking lots with potholes, can also be hazardous.
- Faulty stairs: Poorly constructed or designed stairs, staircases, and stairways are common causes of slip and fall accidents.
- Weather conditions: Depending on where a slip and fall accident takes place, a property owner or a city or municipality may be responsible for making sure that sidewalks, steps, and pathways are free from dangerous ice and snow.
- Lack of handrails and guardrails: Some public places with uneven surfaces either lack handrails and guardrails or have faulty handrails and guardrails in place.
To arrange for an evaluation of your slip and fall case, please contact Kenison Law Office, PLLC today.