Wet floors. We’ve all seen those Wet Floor signs that stores put up after mopping or in the event of a spill, but what if the floor is wet and there’s no sign? What if there’s no barrier to close off the area and keep people from walking on it? If the property owner knew about the danger or should have known about it, they may be liable if you are injured.
Uneven carpets. As carpets age, it’s not uncommon for them to become torn or worn, or even start to bulge in certain areas. Edges can curl up, and sometimes items can get caught in the carpet and catch on footwear. Property owners need to watch out for and try to fix the issues as soon as possible.
Waxed or treated floors. Flooring can be especially dangerous after it has been waxed or treated incorrectly
Common examples include:
- Using too much polish or wax
- Applying polish or wax unevenly
- Using a floor treatment on an area of the floor that slopes
- Only treating part of the floor, which can cause a change in walking conditions
Stairway problems. You can get seriously hurt falling down stairs. Oftentimes, people fall on stairs because of obstacles that the property owner should have known about and dealt with. One of the most obvious is keeping trash and other debris off the stairs. Property owners also have to make sure that handrails aren’t broken or missing, that the steps don’t become worn or rounded, and that stairs have a non-skid surface – especially if they are going to be polished or waxed.
Neglecting non-skid materials. There are specific situations where the law requires property owners to use floor treatments that have non-skid ingredients, such as on stairs. If they violate this requirement and you are subsequently injured, they may be at fault.
Dark or unlit areas. Property owners have a responsibility to make sure that every part of their property is well-lit and easily navigable. If a light goes out, they need to act quickly to get it replaced, and if there are complaints about people having difficulty getting through part of the property because of a lack of light, it should be addressed.
Personal Injury Lawyers
There are different ways of proving fault in slip and fall accidents – call Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert at 305-931-6666 to discuss different theories of liability.