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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and falls are one of the most common causes of injuries in the United States. The injuries that result from a slip and fall can range from minor annoyances such as a bruise or mild sprain to broken bones or even permanent disability. While the causes of slip and fall accidents is extremely varied, if a another person is responsible for the dangerous condition that caused your accident you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The Coweta County PI attorneys of The Law Offices of Shane Smith are ready to help you determine whether you have a claim.

In order to establish legal liability, it is important to determine exactly what caused you to slip and fall. Property owners are not required to remove all potential hazards that may cause someone to fall; they are only required to use the same amount of care that a “reasonable person” would use. Of course, this is a very fact-specific inquiry and whether you have a claim will depend largely on the specific circumstances of your case. Some relevant factors that may determine whether you have a claim include:

  • Whether the owner of the property or their agent caused the dangerous condition that injured you
  • The owner of the property or their agent must have known about the dangerous condition and failed to rectify it
  • The owner or agent should have known about the dangerous condition because a reasonable person would have discovered it and taken steps to fix it

The types of conditions that may cause a slip and fall are as varied as one could imagine; they could range from the ubiquitous banana peel on the floor to a poorly placed drainage grate on a walkway. Some common types of conditions that result in slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet floors
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven floors
  • Trash or other debris
  • Torn Carpet
  • Cracks or holes in flooring
  • Broken handrails
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Exposed wires or cables
  • Cracks in concrete
  • Cracks in stairs
  • Ice or snow on walkways
  • Potholes
  • Missing or broken handrails

 

In addition to the above conditions, failure to put out sufficient warnings to alert people to the presence of wet floors, stairs, changes in floor height, or low ceilings could create legal liability if a condition caused a slip and fall resulting in injury.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Regardless of the cause of your accident, it is best to gather as much evidence regarding what caused your fall as soon as possible after the incident. In order to determine whether you have a claim, it is best to consult with an attorney who knows how to handle personal injury cases. The Coweta County personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are available and ready to help evaluate your claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia