Slip-and-fall accidents are common in North Carolina. Even though they are more likely to occur at home, it is not unusual for people to injure themselves on some else's property. Stores, resorts, hotels, schools and workplaces are common places these accidents can occur outside of the home. Property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to keep their properties safe for the public. However, situations can arise when they do not take their responsibilities seriously that can result in fall accidents and injuries.
Learn how to identify hazardous conditions so you can take measures to avoid them and protect yourself from harm.
Accidental spills and weather conditions can cause floors to become slippery and hazardous to walk on. Not all causes of slippery floors are recognizable to passersby until someone accidentally slips while walking. Property owners and staff should place safety and warning signs in compromised areas to alert guests of hazards.
Sometimes walkways can become obstructed, requiring you to maneuver around them. Common walkway obstacles that lead to falls include misplaced electrical cords, chairs, luggage, work equipment and damaged pieces of pathways and stairs.
Poor lighting can make it hard for you to see obstacles that are in your path, such as spills and other dangerous conditions that you normally may be able to avoid. When there is inadequate lighting near entrances, exits or stairwells, the chances of you tripping, falling and injuring yourself are much higher, especially if other hazards are present, such as buckled carpets, missing or broken stairs and uneven floor surfaces.
Property owners who fail to maintain their buildings or who employ staff negligent in their housekeeping and janitorial obligations may be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents that occur on their premises. Employees should routinely inspect the surroundings for dangerous conditions and take corrective measures when necessary.
Hazards can arise at any time, so you should pay attention to your surroundings to identify potential dangers. If you have slip-and-fall accident injuries, you may want to speak with an attorney to learn your options.