In Georgia and other areas, property owners are required to keep their premises clear of hazards that could lead to a slip-and-fall accident. This includes indoor and outdoor areas; unfortunately, accidents can still occur due to owner negligence.
Causes of slip-and-fall accidents
Certain situations can make it more likely for slips and falls to happen. One of them is a wet floor or ground. Mopped or waxed floors or snowy, icy pavements can easily lead to a person losing their footing and falling, suffering injuries. Other situations involving tattered, uneven carpeting or rugs can also cause slip-and-fall accidents.
All walkways and stairwells must be in good condition in order to prevent a potential fall. If steps or handrails are in disrepair, loose or missing, it can lead to disaster with a person tumbling down the stairs and sustaining catastrophic injuries.
Clutter is another situation that can cause slip-and-fall accidents. Any objects littered across common walking areas should be cleared away so that people can stay safe and avoid tripping and suffering injuries. These areas must also have adequate lighting so everyone walking through them can see where they’re going and avoid an accident.
When property owners are liable for slip-and-fall accidents
Property owners are responsible for ensuring that their property is kept in a reasonably safe condition to prevent accidents from occurring. If a property owner is aware of any of these dangerous conditions, they are obligated to ensure that the necessary repairs and other steps are taken to make the property safe. If they fail to do that, they can be held liable for a victim’s personal injury and other damages.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious injuries that may even be permanent. If a property owner behaved negligently and failed to keep their premises hazard-free, you have a right to hold them accountable.