Almost no one expects to get hurt while shopping, visiting a friend or a doctor, walking in a parking lot, or working. Still, falls from slipping or tripping send more than 1 million people to the emergency room every year. When property owners do not provide safe conditions, unfortunate injuries can happen.
Women seem to slip and fall slightly more often than men, and such accidents increase for everyone with every 10 years that pass. However, premises liability accidents can happen to anyone when property owners do not help prevent them.
Considering the Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Unsafe footing prevents you from keeping your balance. When you step on something wet, slippery, or uneven, it can make you fall. An injury can happen as a result, and fractures occur more than anything else. Thus, the pain, discomfort, and expense you experience may not happen when owners keep properties safe.
Failing to Remove Spills
Spilled liquids or food that remain on the floor make it easy for people to slip and fall. When ownership does not put a high priority on cleaning up spills, injuries can result.
Disregarding Damaged Flooring
Floors in homes or businesses can wear from people walking on them. In addition, any flooring material can become loose or uneven and cause someone to slip or trip. For example, wooden floorboards can come loose, linoleum can crack and peel, ceramic tiles can break, and carpet can cause tangles. Damaged floors put people at risk when walking on them.
Providing Too Little Lighting
Walking in an area that does not have enough light can make it difficult to see what lies ahead. One misstep in low light can make the difference between safety and injury. Failure to provide light for people to find safe passage can create premises liability accidents.
Neglecting to Manage Wintery Conditions
Almost nothing creates slippery footing more than ice. Snow can become a hazard by creating a cold, wet mess that blocks walkways and makes footwear unsafe. Ice and snow on parking lots or at entrances to buildings can pose a risk to anyone walking on them.
Declining to Provide Safe Handrails
Stairs create challenges that can make them especially hazardous. For example, a faulty handrail that cannot support a person’s weight does more than allow an injury. It creates an illusion of safety that does not exist, damaging a person’s self-confidence at the same time. Likewise, broken stairs that remain unrepaired can cause someone to trip, possibly falling down a flight.
Facing Outdoor Hazards on Properties
While many premises liability accidents occur indoors, outdoor hazards that property owners fail to correct can produce terrible outcomes. For example, allowing guests to use a swimming pool without providing a lifeguard produces risks. A swim may bring relief from South Carolina heat, but water can also pose a danger. Someone may need rescuing at any moment, and a disaster can happen when no help appears.
A lack of proper swimming pool maintenance can contribute to a painful and lasting injury. In addition, a pool without a locked fence presents an open invitation that can lead to a tragic event. Owners’ failure to provide security may put inexperienced swimmers at risk of drowning or other dire responses.
Similarly, a hazard on properties exists when pet owners do not train or control a dog. A leash or a training class can help owners manage dog behavior and make them safe for everyone to enjoy. However, lovable as most people regard dogs, their unpredictable nature under stress can cause harm to them and people.
Protecting Your Rights
The injuries that often occur with slip and fall accidents can change lives forever. Damage to soft tissue creates bruises that you can see, but they may do much more. An injury to your head may cause a concussion, a dangerous condition that requires prompt medical attention. While you may ignore it at first and hope it goes away, a doctor can help you realize the damage.
Broken or fractured bones can produce extreme pain as your body reacts to injury. Repair may require surgery in some cases. Your right to receive compensation for getting hurt on someone else’s premises may partly depend on a doctor’s examination of your condition.
South Carolina law ensures your right to seek compensation for injury on someone else’s property under certain circumstances. However, it carries a time limit that means you need to decide what to do right away. If you want to learn more about your options, you can meet with one of the attorneys at Solomon Law Group for a free consultation. Get in touch with us to learn how.