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What can cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident?

Even if you are familiar with the many conditions that can cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident, it's possible that you could suffer a serious injury when you least expect it.

It goes without saying that most property owners do whatever they can to keep their property safe, both inside and out. But even when they have the best intentions, it's possible that something could go wrong that leads to an accident.

Here are some of the most common conditions that cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident:

  • Failing to provide a warning that a floor is being cleaned or is wet/slick from a recent cleaning or polish
  • Using too much wax
  • Using the wrong type of floor treatment on a sloping area or steps
  • Failing to use signs to warn people of potentially dangerous conditions
  • Torn, worn out or bulging carpet
  • Worn or missing steps
  • Debris that is left on the floor, such as gum, newspapers and bottles
  • A missing or broken handrail
  • An elevator or escalator that jerks

It's easy to believe that you can avoid an indoor slip-and-fall accident, but here's something to remember: You can't keep your eyes on the floor at all times.

If you are involved in an indoor slip-and-fall accident, don't rush to get up and walk away from the scene. There is a chance that you could suffer a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. For example, broken bones and concussions are common injuries associated with a slip-and-fall accident.

Once you receive treatment, you can then turn your attention to the many details surrounding the accident itself. This will clear your mind as to what happened, while also giving you a better idea of who was at fault. From there, you can decide if you are in position to seek compensation.

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