Slip and Fall
Slip-and-fall accidents are caused by dangerous or hazardous conditions on commercial, private, or public property. Indoor hazards include torn carpeting, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet, slippery floor. Outdoors, you may slip and fall because of rain, ice, snow or an unseen hazard, such as a pavement gap or pothole. Wherever accidents happen, property owners have a responsibility (duty of care) to maintain a safe environment.
Structural damage to a building, due to age or wear-and-tear, can be a significant cause of injurious falls. Uneven steps, parking lot potholes, cracked sidewalks, broken tiles, or torn carpeting can create dangerous situations for visitors to a building.
The property owner is required to take reasonable steps to reduce hazards created by adverse weather. These steps can include, but are not limited to, shoveling snow from walks, salting or sanding icy and slippery areas and installing anti-slip devices on outdoor steps.
As a guest on another person's property, you are expected to exercise reasonable judgment and caution. Here is an example of comparative negligence: you fall on hotel stairs and are seriously injured. The hotel owners are responsible because they failed to repair a broken step. But you are also responsible because you were reading a newspaper while walking down the steps. Comparative negligence means that both parties are at fault.
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