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Common causes of public trip and fall accidents

You may be a klutz, but that does not mean that every time you trip it is your fault. There are specific hazardous conditions that can lead to you tripping, falling and sustaining an injury. You need to be aware of them so you can know when to pursue a premises liability claim.

Premises liability claims apply to when you receive an injury on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence. Trips and falls are common premises liability cases, and not just for workplace injuries. They can also happen from these common causes in public settings.

  •        Damaged pavement: Uneven sidewalks, cracks and loose paving stones are easy to trip over.
  •        Poorly maintained roads: You can find similar damage in the street and in parking lots. In addition, there may be potholes and mislaid covers to manholes, drains and other underground access points.
  •        Cluttered floors: Whether you are in a store or at a friend’s home, you have the right to expect the property owner to take a reasonable amount of safety precautions. Blocking walkways with inventory, packaging, belongings or other debris leads to a high risk of accident and injury.
  •        Obstructed view: If you cannot see due to an obstruction or poor lighting, you are more likely to trip and fall over something.
  •        Elevation changes: Curbs, stairs and lawns are the most common locations with a change in height. Sometimes you underestimate the elevation change.

If any of these dangerous circumstances led to your trip and fall and subsequent injury, speak to a personal injury attorney to determine if you have a case. You are most likely not at fault and qualify for seeking financial compensation for the consequences of your injury, such as current and future medical expenses. A lawyer can discover who is the responsible party to take action against so you do not have to pay for something that is not your fault.

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