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Conditions That Can Lead To Indoor Slip and Fall Accidents

If the conditions on someone's property have resulted in a slip and fall, then the owner of that property may be held responsible for the damages. This responsibility depends on whether the property owner could have prevented the slip and fall accident. If the necessary precautions were not taken to ensure the safety of the property, then the injured party may be able to seek compensation in a personal injury claim.

 Dangerous Floor Conditions and Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners are expected to mop, wax, or polish their floors in any maintenance routine. But if a slip and fall accident happens because of a wet or slippery floor, then the property owner may be held responsible. Listed below are factors that may contribute to a slip and fall accident for which a property owner may be held liable

  • They fail to provide adequate warning, such as signs to indicate that a floor is wet;
  • Failure to provide barriers preventing access to a dangerous floor;
  • Using too much wax or polish;
  • Unevenly treating a floor, which contributes to a slippery condition;
  • Applying treatment on a sloped or inclined part of a floor; or
  • Failing to use a floor treatment with "non-skid" ingredients.

 
Improper maintenance of mats and rugs can also indicate property owner negligence. Some conditions that may lead to serious slip and fall accidents include: 

  • Torn areas of a carpet;
  • Rugs or mats with bulges, worn spots, holes, or upturned edges; and
  • Items caught in the carpet material that cause someone to fall.

 

If any of these conditions have resulted in a slip and fall injury in Pennsylvania, then you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim.

Dangerous Conditions of Stairs, Escalators and Elevators

Conditions of stairs that may prove liability in a slip and fall accident include

  • One or more steps that are worn or rounded;
  • Debris on the stairs, such as trash, dirt, or gum;
  • Stairs that have been waxed or polished, creating a slippery condition; and/or
  • A broken or missing handrail.

 

Conditions of escalators and elevators that may prove liability in a slip and fall accident include: 

  • Unexpected, sudden movements caused by a glitch in the machinery;
  • Articles of clothing or body parts getting caught in any part of the machinery; and/or
  • Any dangerous condition that may cause a slip and fall, such as wet or dirty steps or floors.

 

Hiring a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Lawyer

Recovering from your slip and fall injuries and returning to your life is much more difficult if you're weighed down with accident-related expenses. A Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer can help you determine liability and file a claim against those responsible.

For a trusted legal team that will give your case the personal attention it deserves, contact a Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396


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