When someone slips or trips and falls, many people assume that it was just an accident or the person who fell just lost their footing. The truth is, there is often more going on behind the scenes with this type of accident. In many cases, the hazard that caused the fall was known about and those who should have eliminated its existence failed to do so.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include but are not limited to:
- Spills on floors in grocery stores, gas stations, or restaurants
- Broken concrete in parking lots or on sidewalks and walkways
- Clutter on the floor, such as boxes in office or department store walkways
- Broken stairs or poorly constructed stairways
- Torn carpets, broken linoleum, or chipped/broken tiles
- Loose floorboards
- Floors that have been recently waxed or mopped
Frequently, hazards that could cause accidents are known about by the manager or owners of an establishment and are ignored. For example, a manager may neglect to put a wet floor sign out after mopping, or a customer may have informed a store owner of a broken tile and the owner decided not to spend the money to fix it right away. When an owner or manager owes a duty of care to his or her patrons to keep the establishment free from known hazards and fails to do so, he or she may be able to be held legally responsible for the accident.