Reasons Why Slipping, Tripping and Falling Happen
People are so much aware that when it comes to accidents, vehicles are on the top of the list. Television news outlets have their daily dose of local news wherein they report about such accidents. Their purpose is not only to show the extent of the wreckage but also to remind people about safety when it comes to driving. Victims may not experience significant injuries, while others may be severely injured, or may die on the point of impact.
There is another type of accident that also contributes to the rise of injuries and deaths of millions of Americans every year. Unlike vehicular accidents, the physics of this accident is quite simple to comprehend. This accident happens in certain premises, from a household to a business establishment; either inside or outside. It is one of the top causes of fatalities and injuries among Americans, coming in second after vehicular accidents.
Slip and fall accidents are fairly common in many households and commercial areas. The accident happens if a certain spot on a property causes damage to the person, where he or she slips (or trips), and then falls.
Such accidents are covered by what is called premises liability. This is a form of tort wherein the owner of a property is responsible for the well-being of the persons using his or her property. If a person is taken to the hospital because he slipped on a slick spot on the floor of someone’s house, the owner of the house would be held liable.
There are many reasons why it is likely for the person to slip or trip and then fall hard to the ground. It has been established that the property owner failed to provide safety precautions for unsuspecting strangers who would pass by or use the property’s facilities. Sometimes, the people themselves are unaware of everything that surrounds them.
Obstructions on places where people walk on, such as floors and stairs, are only some of the many reasons why slip and fall accidents happen. Floors, stairs and other walkways tend to wear out because of the some particular factors. However, failure to repair inconsistencies such as uneven floors, broken tiles and stair handrails make it more dangerous for people who use them, therefore inducing the chances of an accident and the liability being imposed on the property owner.
The owner and the user of a certain property must be responsible enough to reduce the risk of an accident. For the owner, being able to direct maintenance checks on a regular basis in commonly-used areas of a property should do just that. For the user, it is his or her duty to exercise utmost care and caution whenever he or she is inside or outside a certain property.
Victims of such accidents can be entitled for compensation if they strongly believe that the property owner failed to address certain issues regarding one part of the property in which they experienced an accident. To be able to receive recovery compensation for the damages they sustained, a reputable personal injury lawyer would be reasonable to hire for legal representation.
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