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Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

Over a million people in the US visit emergency rooms for slip and fall accidents each year. They are one of the leading causes of ER visits and one of the most common claims premises liability lawyers represent. Slips and falls are the cause of serious injuries, including broken bones, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. Many slip and fall accidents are preventable and often caused by a property or business owner’s negligence. When this happens, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Learn about the common causes of slips and fall accidents below.   

Uneven Surfaces 

Whether it’s a cracked sidewalk, uneven pavement, or a protruding tile, uneven flooring can easily cause you to lose balance. Property owners have a legal duty to properly maintain their premises, including ensuring that chips, cracks, and buckling flooring surfaces are repaired in a timely manner. 

Lack of Handrails 

Individuals with mobility challenges or balance issues are at a heightened risk of losing their footing and suffering injuries, especially in areas with stairs or uneven surfaces. Handrails are crucial for maintaining balance when going from one platform to another. Handrails are required on both sides of ramps and stairs at commercial properties to comply with ADA guidelines. If the business failed to install handrails where needed, they could be liable for injuries.

Spills

Spills are a common cause of slips and falls in high-traffic places like grocery and retail stores. Whether it’s the slick surface created by water from leaky pipes or ceilings, cracked containers, cleaners, or food debris, these hazards can cause serious injuries. Employees are crucial in maintaining a safe environment by promptly addressing spills. If they don’t, they put their customers at risk. 

Wet Floors 

Wet floors are another common cause of slips and falls, especially in high-traffic entryways. Rainy weather is often the culprit for wet floors in businesses, but wet floors also occur after mopping or polishing. Although no law requires businesses to use “Wet Floor” signs in Florida, many companies make placing these warning placards part of their employment policies. If you slipped and fell due to a wet floor that you weren’t warned about, you could receive damages for your injuries. Even if there was a warning and you still fell, you could receive partial damages due to Florida’s “comparative negligence” laws. 

Parking Lot Injuries 

Parking lots have many places that may cause slip and fall accidents. With hazards like uneven pavement, broken curbs, road debris, and potholes, injuries are common in parking lots. Even the paint on crosswalks can cause others to fall in rainy conditions. 

Falling Objects

Items stacked high on top of each other in precarious positions are a serious safety risk. Injuries from falling objects can be severe and cause permanent injuries. Falling objects often occur in bulk supply, hardware, and grocery stores, which typically stack unused products in tall towers. Business owners and employees are responsible for securing loose items to ensure they don’t fall. Falling objects can also fall and break, causing spills and wet floors. 

Inadequate Lighting

You need to be able to properly see your surroundings when you’re on the premises of a commercial property. If you’re injured in a building with broken, unrepaired, or intentionally low lighting, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. 

Business Supply Storage

Walkways must remain clear. Sometimes, business owners store supplies in places customers frequent (such as bathroom hallways), which can block or impede traffic flow. Boxes and other supplies may also block entrances or exits. This can put customers and employees in danger in case of an emergency. 

Who is Responsible for Your Slip and Fall Accident? 

Property owners, businesses, tenants, and landlords are responsible for maintaining and keeping their property free from potential safety hazards. To be liable for injury claims due to their negligence, however, you’ll need to show that the liable party was aware of the hazard and failed to fix it promptly.

Slip and Fall Claims with the King Law Firm 

At The King Law Firm, We’ve helped many people in Ocala and Marion County receive compensation for their injuries from slips and falls. Take a look at our results page to learn more. Call our office at 352-269-1814 for a free consultation.


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