It's difficult to pay attention to every step you take, as you have places to be and a lot on your mind. Unfortunately, even if you're watching your every move, it's still possible you could be part of a slip-and-fall accident.
There are a variety of conditions that can cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident, with many of them related to flooring. Here are some of the top causes:
- Failing to use warning signs to explain that the floor is wet, being cleaned or damaged
- Failing to use barriers to keep people out of dangerous areas
- Using too much polish or wax, especially on sloping surfaces
- Neglecting to take measures to prevent rain water from causing slippery conditions in entry ways
- Failure to use non-skin floor treatments when possible
- Rugs or mats that are torn, worn out or have holes
- Any debris on the floor, such as flyers, food wrappers or office supplies
Stairways can also be extremely dangerous, especially if one or more of these conditions is present:
- Debris on the stairs
- Missing or broken stairs
- Rounded or worn out stairs
- Missing or broken handrail
- Slippery stairs, such as those with polish or wax build-up
It's not always easy to pinpoint potential stairway hazards, as many of them, such as a worn out stair, are under carpet or another type of flooring.
In addition to stairs, elevators and escalators help transport people from one floor to another. These are common in office buildings and shopping malls among other locations.
Slip-and-fall accidents often occur as a result of unexpected jerking, items that get caught in the elevator or escalator, and lack of maintenance.
If you're involved in a slip-and-fall accident, do the following:
- Assess your injuries
- Don't try to move, as it can result in additional injury
- Call for help
- Accept treatment from paramedics and transportation to a local hospital
- If possible, collect evidence from the scene (such as photos of what caused the accident)
Once you receive treatment and feel well enough to do so, collect as much information as possible about the slip-and-fall accident. This will lead you to learn more about your legal rights and whether you can seek compensation from the building owner or another party.