Common Hazards That Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the most common reasons for a personal injury lawsuit. Trips, slips and falls can be caused by the negligence of a property owner or property manager. Defects or conditions in the land are often what cause someone to lose their balance and fall. Common defects and conditions include:
- Slippery floors. Public spaces such as supermarkets, stores, offices and apartment complexes all have floors and hallways that can become slippery for a variety of reasons. When a property owner is aware of a spill or another condition that causes a floor to become slippery and does not take action to remedy the situation, that owner may be liable for any accidents that occur.
- Holes. Any type of hole, ditch or crack in the ground should be visibly marked to warn shoppers or visitors of the danger.
- Objects on the ground. All types of objects left on the ground can create a tripping hazard. Common examples include tools and boxes. Wires running across the ground are also tripping hazards, especially if they are not taped down and marked. Loose carpeting and tiles also cause tripping incidents.
- Poorly maintained stairs. Defects in stairs or railings cause visitors to trip, lose their balance, and fall, leading to a premises liability lawsuit.
- Lighting. Poor or inadequate lighting in stairwells, walkways, parking lots and other areas can cause people to trip on objects that would otherwise be visible and easily avoided. Poor lighting can also contribute to criminal assaults. In these cases, it may be possible to hold a property owner liable under a claim of inadequate security.
- Animals. In some cases, property owners may be responsible for injuries caused by animals kept on their property. This may include cases where an animal’s actions cause someone to trip or fall.
There are a wide variety of conditions and defects that can lead to injury. A landowner should always keep his or her property in safe condition and provide warnings when dangers cannot be eliminated.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a store or on someone else’s property in the Honolulu area, you may have rights under the law. At Shim & Chang, we represent victims of slip and fall injuries. To schedule a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney, contact us online or call us at 808-524-5803.