A Guide to Slip and Fall Accidents

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March 18, 2015 | Premises Liability |

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As pedestrians, we don’t always look down while walking. You can’t always be aware of the conditions around you. You might not see the raise in the sidewalk at the park or notice the broken jar of pickles in the next aisle at the grocery store. If we fall, we blame ourselves for being clumsy or distracted. However, in reality, falling is not always your fault.

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. A fall can occur due to another person’s negligence by failing to maintain their property or warn you of any possible hazards. Property owners have an obligation to keep their property safe from conditions that can cause injuries. If that obligation is ignored, and a person is injured as a result, a claim can be made against the property owner.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Common causes of slip and fall accidents include slippery and hazardous conditions.

Slippery Conditions

Slippery conditions can easily cause you to slip and fall. Areas covered in ice, snow, rain, spilled substances, or other materials that cause the surface to be greasy or wet create dangerous walking conditions.

Hazardous Conditions

There are several conditions that create a hazardous environment, including the following:

  • Cracked or broken sidewalks, roads, or walkways
  • Changes in height of sidewalks
  • Broken or dangerous stairways
  • Bad lighting
  • Hidden defects
  • Holes
  • Changes in flooring or grounding

What to Do After Slipping and Falling

Injuries are not always evident at the time of the accident and can develop over time. Seek medical attention even if you don’t think you sustained a serious injury.

Any slip and fall accident must be reported to the property owner. You will need to fill out an accident report stating when, where, and how the fall occurred and what injuries were sustained. An attorney can help you navigate this process.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured after a slip or fall, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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