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Slip and Fall Accidents: Hidden Hazards

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Slip and fall accidents most often occur when least expected, and the dangers that cause these mishaps are frequently difficult to identify. Although some slips, trips or falls merely cause minor embarrassment or slight injuries, others result in serious, permanent, or even life-threatening consequences. In fact, falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. When such an incident occurs on someone else's property, owners, managers, and third parties may be able to be held liable for the damages suffered.

Hidden Hazards that Contribute to Slip and Fall Accidents

There are a number of unexpected dangers and risk factors that can contribute to slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall attorneysfrequently see cases that involve:

  • Poor Maintenance and Repair: Unkempt areas and those that are in disrepair commonly pose hazards that result in injurious accidents. Cluttered hallways, poorly lit walkways and staircases, loose, broken or missing handrails and guardrails, and uneven flooring or floor coverings all raise the risk for slips, trips, and falls.
  • Areas Prone to Spills or Wetness: Wet floors are another common cause of slips and falls. Water, mud, greasy substances and other liquids can cause floors to become very slippery, making it difficult for victims to maintain their footing. Entryways and areas around sinks, drains, fountain drink dispensers and even cooking stations are especially susceptible to slippery conditions.
  • Adverse Weather Conditions: Heavy rain, snow and ice can pose unexpected safety risks as well. In addition to causing surfaces to be slippery or difficult to walk on, puddles and accumulation can sometimes camouflage damaged walkways, potholes, and debris that may be hiding underneath.
  • Unmarked Hazards: Unmarked slopes, ramps, and steps also raise the risk for serious slip and fall injuries. Without any visual clues to warn individuals of uneven surfaces, victims often trip or lose their footing and become injured.

In Tennessee, individuals or entities who own or manage property and those who are responsible for keeping the property in a safe condition can be held liable when some types of injuries occur. In some cases, it is possible for more than one party to be responsible for a slip and fall accident. Victims who wish to pursue a personal injury claim involving unsafe conditions should make note of any relevant factors that may have played a role in the accident to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.

Slip and fall accidents most often occur when least expected, and the dangers that cause these mishaps are frequently difficult to identify. Although some slips, trips or falls merely cause minor embarrassment or slight injuries, others result in serious, permanent, or even life-threatening consequences. In fact, falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. When such an incident occurs on someone else's property, owners, managers, and third parties may be able to be held liable for the damages suffered.

Hidden Hazards that Contribute to Slip and Fall Accidents

There are a number of unexpected dangers and risk factors that can contribute to slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall attorneysfrequently see cases that involve:

  • Poor Maintenance and Repair: Unkempt areas and those that are in disrepair commonly pose hazards that result in injurious accidents. Cluttered hallways, poorly lit walkways and staircases, loose, broken or missing handrails and guardrails, and uneven flooring or floor coverings all raise the risk for slips, trips, and falls.
  • Areas Prone to Spills or Wetness: Wet floors are another common cause of slips and falls. Water, mud, greasy substances and other liquids can cause floors to become very slippery, making it difficult for victims to maintain their footing. Entryways and areas around sinks, drains, fountain drink dispensers and even cooking stations are especially susceptible to slippery conditions.
  • Adverse Weather Conditions: Heavy rain, snow and ice can pose unexpected safety risks as well. In addition to causing surfaces to be slippery or difficult to walk on, puddles and accumulation can sometimes camouflage damaged walkways, potholes, and debris that may be hiding underneath.
  • Unmarked Hazards: Unmarked slopes, ramps, and steps also raise the risk for serious slip and fall injuries. Without any visual clues to warn individuals of uneven surfaces, victims often trip or lose their footing and become injured.

In Tennessee, individuals or entities who own or manage property and those who are responsible for keeping the property in a safe condition can be held liable when some types of injuries occur. In some cases, it is possible for more than one party to be responsible for a slip and fall accident. Victims who wish to pursue a personal injury claim involving unsafe conditions should make note of any relevant factors that may have played a role in the accident to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable.

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