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From Wet Floors to Hazardous Stairs: Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

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Have you ever experienced a moment when you suddenly lose balance, slip, and fall? If yes, then you know how painful, dangerous, and costly it can be. Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries, medical bills, missed work, and lost wages.

Wet Floors

Wet floors are among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. Many people have slipped on a recently mopped or waxed floor. Property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining clean, safe, and dry floors. They should post warning signs indicating wet floors and take measures to prevent slip and fall accidents, such as using anti-slip floor mats.

Inadequate Lighting

Another common cause of slip and fall accidents is poor lighting, particularly on staircases and walkways. Insufficient lighting can cause people to miss steps, trip, or stumble into objects. Property owners and managers should install adequate lighting and promptly replace broken or burned-out lights to prevent accidents.

Uneven and Poorly Maintained Walkways

Uneven or poorly maintained sidewalks and pavements can also cause slip and fall accidents. Cracked or raised sidewalks or pavements, particularly during winter, when ice and snow build-up is likely, can be hazardous. Property owners should regularly inspect sidewalks and pavements and make necessary repairs to prevent accidents.

Loose Rugs or Carpeting

Loose rugs or carpeting can also cause slip and fall accidents. Property owners should ensure that carpets and rugs are securely fastened with rug pads, adhesive, or double-sided tape to prevent them from slipping or becoming a hazard to visitors.

Hazardous Stairs

Hazardous stairways are another common cause of slip and fall accidents. Stairs with broken or missing handrails, broken steps, and poor lighting can all be dangerous and increase the risk of slipping and falling. Property owners should inspect stairs periodically to identify any potential hazards and take action to repair them promptly.

We Get Results

Slip and fall accidents are preventable, and property owners and managers must take responsibility for creating a safe environment for the public. If you or a loved one is involved in a slip and fall accident, don't hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about how we can help you. At Bye, Goff & Rohde, our slip and fall lawyers are ready to stand by your side as we seek the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (715) 202-5699 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a member of our team.

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