It’s an unfortunate reality, but most slip and fall cases would never arise if the property owner undertook some straightforward steps. Because of this, the slip and fall accident attorneys at Paul Padda Law thought it would be helpful to review those steps in the hope that some of these cases can be prevented.
Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property in a condition that is safe for their guests and visitors. If you’ve incurred harm in a slip and fall, it might have been caused by the property owner’s negligence. If you want to discuss your case, contact us today at (702) 366-1888 to schedule a free, initial consultation.
Slip and Fall Prevention Tips
To prevent slip, trip, and falls, you should consider doing the following:
Routinely Inspect Your Property
As a property owner, you can be held liable for any injuries that were caused by dangerous conditions that you knew about or should have known about. Under the law, you are expected to maintain your property so that it is safe for any guests and visitors, which includes hazards that you reasonably should have been aware of.
Rather than wait for a judge or jury to decide that you should have been aware of a particular hazard, you should routinely inspect your property to make sure it is free from anything that could foreseeably cause injury to visitors or guests. If your property is large, focus on those areas where guests and visitors are likely to explore.
Look for Common Slip and Fall Hazards
When inspecting your property, pay particular attention to the following conditions, which are likely to cause someone harm:
- Broken pavement
- Loose flooring
- Torn carpeting
- Broken stairs
- Loose handrails
- Poor lighting
- Broken curbs
- Exposed wiring
If you have escalators or elevators on your property, you should make sure they are regularly maintained and repaired by a professional servicing company.
Promptly Make Repairs
If there are slip and fall hazards on your property, take action to repair them quickly. Failure to make repairs to known hazards may result in being held liable for any injuries that said hazards cause.
Post Signs Warning of Potential Hazards
We realize that you can’t always make repairs right away, or that some hazards are unavoidable. If you are aware of a potential hazard, you want to post appropriate signage warning people of said hazard. Your sign should be as specific as possible, visible, and easy to read and understand. If people can encounter the hazard from multiple directions, you want to be sure that you post multiple signs so that everyone knows of the wet floor, loose flooring, or other potential harm.
In some situations, preventing access to the area may be the best solution. If a stairwell is dangerous, it may be better to lock the door and direct visitors to another location.
Make Sure You Are in Compliance with All Applicable Safety Standards
When you own commercial properties, you want to ensure that your property complies with all local, state, and federal safety standards. Many fire code violations can result in slip and fall accidents. Failure to comply with those standards will be used as evidence that you did not maintain your property in a safe condition.
Contact a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Attorney for Help
Slip and fall accidents are fairly common and can result in serious injuries. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Let Paul Padda Law fight for you to get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and get your life back. Schedule a free consultation today with one of our slip and fall lawyers by calling (702) 366-1888, or contact us online.