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Falls are a common premises liability injury

Trips, slips and falls can happen practically anywhere. In some cases, it may be the fault of a distracted Texan who steps on their own feet and causes their own quick trip to the floor. In many cases, though, it is the fault of others who fail to maintain their premises in safe order that causes innocent individuals to suffer serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries as a result of their falls. The remainder of this post will introduce some of the ways that dangerous premises can present hazards to individuals and how falls may result from peoples' encounters with those dangers.

Beginning outside a structure, a premises liability victim may suffer a fall or a trip if the owner of the premises fails to maintain their sidewalk, steps or porch in a reasonably safe manner. This can include, but is not limited to, failing to remove snow or ice from exterior pathways, failing to provide adequate lighting for individuals to safely traverse pathways and failing to remove debris from pathways that may cause individuals to slip, trip or fall.

Inside buildings there are numerous ways that fall accidents can occur. When property owners fail to warn individuals of slippery floors due to cleaning, liquid spills or other causes, dangerous falls can happen. Falls are not uncommon when carpets and rugs are torn, rolled or otherwise uneven and present hazards in the paths of those who must walk on them.

Interior steps may suffer from the same threats as exterior steps and interior floors, though the consequences of a fall on stairs may be more severe depending upon how far down a victim slides. Since falls can happen in many different ways and under many different sets of conditions, it is important for victims of premises liability accidents to seek the counsel of personal injury attorneys to learn more about their possible legal claims and options for recovering their damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed October 30, 2017

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