Even if you’re young, healthy and agile, you could still suffer an injury in a slip-and-fall or near-fall accident. If you slip, trip or fall on a property owned by someone else, it’s important to know your legal rights.
Did you know that you may be able to have that person or business’s insurance company pay for your losses? This may include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Here are some of the most common causes of outdoor slip-and-fall accidents:
- Standing water: During the winter months, this can mean snow and ice. But at other times of the year, accidents are often related to pooling water that causes a slippery surface. For example, if a business owner doesn’t take proper steps in preventing slippery conditions outside or just inside the entry doors, it increases the risk of slipping and falling.
- Poor lighting: When the sun goes down, the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident increases. Proper lighting is necessary in parking lots, stairwells and sidewalks leading up to commercial properties. An unlit area can make it quite difficult to see where you’re walking.
- Damaged sidewalks and parking lots: There are many types of damage that pose a risk to pedestrians. A broken sidewalk, potholes and cracks can cause you to trip or slip. When combined with other risks, such as inadequate lighting, the risk of an accident is much greater.
What should you do after a slip-and-fall accident?
Most importantly, if you are hurt, call 911 for help. After you learn more about your injuries and prognosis, try to figure out the cause of the slip-and-fall accident to better understand your legal rights. You may come to find that a property owner neglected to maintain a safe environment, which resulted in your fall.
With the right approach, you’re putting yourself in position to seek compensation from the negligent party.