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Do you know why indoor slip-and-fall accidents happen?

When you visit an office building, shopping mall, store or other commercial area, you assume that the owner will keep the area safe at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is possible to suffer a significant injury because of someone else's negligence.

A slip-and-fall accident is exactly what it sounds like: You slip or trip on something, thus causing a fall that can cause an injury.

While there is no surefire way to avoid a slip-and-fall accident, there are some things you can do to improve your safety. For example, you should become familiar with the most common causes of this type of accident:

Wet floors: This can be the result of many things, such as a property owner cleaning the floors but neglecting to notify pedestrians with the proper signage.

Excessive wax or polish on floors: Using too much wax or polish can lead to slippery conditions that increase the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident.

Failure to close off dangerous areas: For instance, if a piece of flooring is missing or broken, visitors should be kept away.

Torn rug: A torn or damaged rug or carpet can act as a trip hazard. The same holds true for carpeting that is curling on the edges.

Broken steps: When going up and down steps, you assume that all of these are safe and secure. Any type of defect, such as a step with a broken board or a missing or loose tile, could lead to a serious accident.

It's good to understand the many causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents. However, you will never be able to watch every step you take, even if you're trying to be safe.

If you or a loved one suffers a slip-and-fall injury, don't wait to seek medical attention. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can understand your injuries and get treatment.

Also, don't wait to learn more about your legal rights regarding a serious injury. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party, such as a property owner, seeking compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost income and other damages.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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