Although there may be a wide range of serious injuries that can occur as a result of a slip and fall accident, the majority of these accidents occur for one primary reason: negligence. Most slip, trip, or fall accidents can be traced back to instances of negligence on the part of a property owner or someone else who had a duty to make the premises safe.
Top Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
To recover payment after a slip and fall accident, you must be able to show that the property owner should have been aware of a hazardous condition and failed to address the condition, directly causing your injury. Our attorneys can gather evidence (such as video surveillance or maintenance records) to build a case against the negligent party.
The most common types of negligence in slip and fall accidents include:
Poor property maintenance.
Property owners have a duty to reasonably maintain their properties to prevent injuries. Torn carpets, uneven flooring, slippery ramps or stairs, and broken sidewalks or curbs can form the basis of a slip and fall claim.
Owners should warn visitors if there is a dangerous condition on the property or if the property may be temporarily more hazardous due to renovation or repairs.
Failure to address a known hazard.
Owners have a duty to address hazards on their property within a reasonable period of time. Allowing puddles to remain on floors or ice and snow to build up on walkways only increases the potential for accidents to occur.
Owners of commercial properties have a duty to train employees on fall prevention methods such as covering power cords with mats, keeping walkways clear, and cleaning up spills in a timely fashion.
Faulty property design or construction.
A property may be flawed from the very beginning, whether in its initial design stages or during construction. A property that has been improperly designed or was constructed in violation of building codes may be inherently unsafe for visitors.
Have You Been Injured On Someone's Property In Rhode Island?
If you've been injured on someone else's property you need to speak with an experienced premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help injury victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.