Property owners are legally required to ensure the safety of their premises. Any accident that has occurred on their properties because of their own negligence may be subject to a premises liability claim.

According to an article from the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, property owners may be liable for accidents if the following are proven:

  • The property owner was responsible for the unsafe condition
  • The property owner knew that the condition on the property existed but did not try to correct it
  • The property owner should have known about the danger, since a “reasonable” person would have found the problem and taken steps to correct it

One of the most common claims are regarding slip and fall accidents. These kinds of accidents occur because of many reasons. But whatever those reasons are, they don’t change the fact that the victims may sustain injuries, especially in the head, neck, back, arm, leg, and hip area.

Indoor Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, may it be indoor or outdoor. It can happen at home, at the office, in inherently dangerous workplace environments such as construction sites, and malls. The most common causes of indoor slip and fall accidents include:

  • Defective staircases
  • Loose cables
  • Poorly maintained escalators and elevators
  • Slippery substances such as spilled drinks and floor wax
  • Unnecessary obstructions such as opened cabinets in offices
  • Worn carpets

Outdoor Slip and Fall
Many slip and fall accidents outside happen because of weather conditions and poor maintenance practices. Typically, outdoor slip and fall accidents occur on parking lots and sidewalks. The most common causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents include:

  • Buildup of snow and ice on roofs
  • Inadequate lighting or poor visibility
  • Melted snow and ice on sidewalks
  • Pile of leaves
  • Potholes and other uneven surfaces
  • Trash and debris
  • Water on pavement