Slip, trip and fall accidents injure thousands of people every year, and worse, cause nearly 20,000 unnecessary deaths annually. These fall accidents account for 300,000 injuries each year, making them the second most common cause of accidental injuries just below car crashes. Even when a property does not look dangerous, it is very possible that an uneven stairwell or slippery surface could place you and visitors at serious risk.
As a home or business owner, it is important to understand that you can be held liable for injuries on your property that were caused by negligence. In fact, slip and falls and trip and falls are the leading cause of premise liability lawsuits. So, if a repairman trips down your stairs or if a visitor slips on a cracked step on your front porch, you could be responsible for their injuries.
Due to the fact that slip, trip and fall accidents are such a serious problem, as a home or business owner, you may want to make your property safer and prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. The following tips can keep you and your guests safe from dangerous situations.
• Make sure all areas of the property are well-lit, especially stairwells.
• Repair any leaks in the roof or ceiling that may cause water to accumulate on the
• Clear all floors of any objects that can be tripped over.
• Place a no-slip mat at all entrances and exits.
• Fix all loose or uneven floorboards, including cracks in staircases and slick floors.
• Mop up or clean up any spilled water, foods or grease immediately.
• Place caution signs around areas on the floor that are wet or dangerous.
• Check carpeting to ensure that it is flat and not buckling.
• Remove debris, like fallen tree branches or loose bricks or stones, from your property.
You must use common sense to protect customers, guests and visitors against any hazardous surfaces that could lead to a slip and fall accident on your property. Be alert to the dangers in and around your property and if you find an unsafe condition, it is best to repair it right away. If it can be proven that you were aware of a dangerous condition and you chose not to fix it, you could be found liable for damages should someone fall and become injured.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident and you believe the accident was caused by a negligent New Port Richey property owner, contact a Pasco County Premises Liability Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today online or call 727-847-2299 to schedule your free consultation.