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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

One of the most prevalent premises liability claims is slip and fall accidents. Each year people seek medical attention for minor scrapes and bruises to skull fractures and concussions. There are many people whose slip and fall accident is extremely traumatic and results in death. At Wainwright Injury Law, we represent victims in Denver and Albuquerque who have suffered a slip and fall accident because of another person’s laziness or neglect.

We often see cases where people have fallen due to these circumstances:

  1. Hazardous Walking Surfaces: The majority of slip and fall accidents occur on walking surfaces that are uneven, wet, or poorly maintained. This can include defective sidewalks, potholes in parking lots, torn carpeting or loose floorboards, recently mopped floors, and faulty staircases. When any of these conditions exist because a property manager, landlord, or the city failed to perform proper maintenance, victims of slip and fall accidents deserve compensation for their pain and suffering.
  2. Extreme Weather Conditions: The weather in Colorado and New Mexico can be quite unpredictable, especially in the winter. For this reason, property owners and cities have an obligation to make sure that sidewalks are shoveled, streets are plowed, and walkways/stairs have been salted. If you fall on one of these surfaces that should have been tended to by the property authority, you can hold that party legally responsible for your injuries.
  3. Lack of Training: Many people also experience slip and fall accidents when working in manufacturing or construction. These environments have many uneven surfaces, narrow pathways, and slick walkways. If not provided proper on-the-job training on how to maneuver these walkways, new employees often suffer slip and fall injuries. In this case, the employer would be held liable for the accident.

Have you recently suffered from a slip and fall accident? Contact the personal injury attorneys at Wainwright Injury Law to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.