Slip and fall accidents occur often and they can cause injuries as mild as a few bruises or as catastrophic as a life-changing traumatic brain injury. Here’s what you need to know about what causes slip and falls, and what you can do if you or a loved one were hurt in a slip and fall accident.
By far one of the most frequently seen causes of slip and fall accidents are spills that were not cleaned up in a timely fashion. Spills can occur in grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and other areas where food and drinks are readily available. An individual may not see spilled liquid on the floor and may slip, causing injury.
Carpeting is another significant contributor to slip and fall accidents. Carpeting that is torn or raised in areas can create tripping hazards. Rugs that fold easily can also cause a problem. For example, rugs that are often put in supermarket entryways when there’s inclement weather are walked on by dozens of people and can move, bend, and become folded at the edges.
Many stores today have low or colored lighting as part of their branding. While this can create a unique atmosphere, it can make seeing to walk in the store quite difficult. Poor lighting can cause an individual to miss seeing a step or ramp, resulting in a dangerous fall.
Entryways, hallways, and aisles should be clear of clutter. When boxes are stacked up or trash is not removed from the floor promptly, this can result in tripping and falling.
When Does a Property Owner or Manager Bear Responsibility?
Property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to keep a premises free from known hazards. If they are negligent in this responsibility and fail to either keep the property clear of danger or properly warn patrons of hazards if they cannot be fixed right away, they may be held accountable for any damages suffered by someone who slipped, fell, and injured themselves on the property.
When to Contact a California Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property — especially if it was a commercial property — don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney for legal guidance. It’s important to know your rights and have someone on your side advocating for your best interests.
Contact Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today at (530) 895-1234 for a consultation.