Nearly every day in San Diego, a person gets hurt on public and/or private property due to slipping, tripping, or falling. You run that same risk every time you leave your home.

In some cases, your injury could be the result of a simple accident or carelessness on your part. However, in other instances, your slip-and-fall accident could be the result of someone else’s negligence. In this article, we discuss some of the common causes of slip-and-fall accidents and your rights concerning compensation.

Common Causes Inside a Building

Many slip and fall accidents occur inside a building, whether inside a grocery store, gym, office building or another person’s private property. The results could be catastrophic. However, knowing some of the common causes can help you know what to look out for and prevent an accident:

  • Wet or slippery floor.
  • Sudden dip or rise in floor level.
  • Cracks or holes in floor.
  • Torn or uneven carpet.
  • Steps, especially those with broken handrails and around apartment buildings.
  • Trash and debris left on the ground.
  • Exposed cables such as extension or power cords.

Common Causes Outside

A slip-and-fall accident can also occur outside, such as at park, parking lot or along a street or road. Common causes of outside slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Cracks in sidewalks and streets.
  • Curbs, especially around poor lighting.
  • Inconsistent ground height levels.
  • Hoses and exposed sprinklers.
  • Power cords.

Though weather can also create unpredictable walking hazards, appropriate warnings should be provided in increased risk areas, such as around potholes, construction sites, and known cracks in paving and sidewalks.

Determining Who Caused the Accident

As stated above, the causes of slip-and-fall accidents vary. It’s important to note that it is the responsibility of the owner, person responsible, or the entity who maintains the property to ensure there are no dangerous conditions that can lead to a slip-and-fall accident. The first step to building a successful premises liability case is to determine who the responsible party is.

Determining if the Owner Is Responsible for Your Injuries

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, experienced premises liability attorney Keith J. Stone can help you determine if the person responsible for the property is liable for your injuries. However, it will have to be determined if the owner or possessor of the premises and any employees:

  • Caused the dangerous situation resulting in you being injured.
  • Knew about the dangerous situation but failed to correct it.
  • Should have reasonably known about the situation but failed to correct it.

Our team has successfully represented and fought for the compensation rights of hundreds of Southern California victims injured on unsafe premises.

If you have been injured in a slipping, tripping, or falling accident as the result of someone else’s negligence, call San Diego slip-and-fall accident attorney Keith J. Stone at (619) 531-2022 or 888-59-HELP-NOW for a free evaluation of your case. He will fight for your right to compensation.

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San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties including the cities of:

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