Things to Look for After a Slip and Fall Accident

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Property owners and tenants who invite people onto their premises have a significant responsibility to keep their property safe and free of hazards. When an injury occurs, sometimes the hazard that caused it is quite obvious. Other times, however, it may take a little more investigation to uncover the condition or defect that brought about a slip, trip, fall or other accident resulting in injury. 

Dangerous conditions or defects do not need to be glaring to bring about liability. They simply need to be something dangerous that the property owner or tenant, as the case may be, knew or through reasonable inspection should have known existed. Sometimes these hazards can be premised on violations of the California building code and may not be obvious to the injured party or other witnesses:

  • Low lighting
  • Non-uniform rise and tread dimensions on stairs
  • Lack of demarcation on stair nosing and other drop-offs
  • Slippery floor coatings
  • Low points that allow water to pool and create a slip hazard

Identifying these types of defects usually requires the assistance of experienced building and safety experts, and proving the property owner or tenant knew or should have known they existed can require significant investigation. Evidence of past accidents or reports from inspectors or maintenance workers may show that the defendant was aware of the hazard but did not take reasonable steps to correct it.

Topics:  Slip and Fall

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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