Floors, stairs and slip-and-fall accidents

There are times when a slip-and-fall accident is nothing serious. Even though you hit the ground, you're able to get back up and continue with your day.

There are also times when a slip-and-fall accident leads to serious injury, such as broken bones or a concussion. And that's why you want to avoid this type of trouble at all costs.

There are many causes of slip-and-fall accidents, with some more common than others. While it's not always possible to watch every step you take, knowing why these accidents happen can help you prevent trouble.

Here are some of the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents:

  • Wet floors, such as those in the entry way of a building
  • Failure to provide warning that floors are slippery for any reason, including a spill or the use of polish or wax
  • Using too much polish or wax
  • Using polish or wax on an incline
  • Treating one part of a floor but not the other, resulting in a change in conditions
  • Worn or torn rugs
  • Curling rugs or carpet
  • Items that are stuck in rugs or carpet, thus acting as a trip hazard
  • Worn down or rounded off steps
  • Missing or broken handrail
  • Debris on stairs

With all these potential problems out there, you may begin to wonder how it's even possible to avoid trouble.

If you find yourself on the ground as the result of a slip-and-fall accident, you should stay where you are until help arrives. You'll want to receive an immediate medical evaluation, as this will give you a clear idea of the type of treatment you require.

Once you are feeling better about your injuries and long-term prognosis, you can then turn your attention to the cause of the accident and your legal rights. There may be steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages. There's no guarantee, but you shouldn't hesitate to learn more.

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