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Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents

It’s impossible to see a personal injury coming, but by knowing about one of the most common types of accidents, you can be better prepared to avoid a serious injury or take action if one of these accidents occurs.

A slip and fall accident is one in which an individual trips or slips on a surface and then falls to the ground, resulting in an injury. This may occur due to the presence of water, ice, grease or food on a walking surface. It can also happen if there are unsafe conditions present, such as broken floorboards, crumbling steps or areas with poor lighting.

Various forms of slips and falls

Slip and fall accidents may occur in several different ways. A trip and fall accident is when a person stumbles over an unexpected object in his or her path. A stump and fall accident is when an obstruction causes a person to fall. Finally, a step and fall accident occurs when a person’s walking path meets an unexpected hole or failure in infrastructure.

When it comes to preventing these types of accidents, property owners are responsible for taking reasonable actions to keep their property safe. This includes cleaning up any spills right away, address potential safety hazards and repairing broken or crumbling sidewalks. It’s important for owners to take reasonably swift action when these matters arise to protect their customers and guests. 

If you would like to learn more about your legal options following a slip and fall accident, consult the skilled personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.

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