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Common causes of outdoor slip-and-fall accidents

As a pedestrian, there are times when you slip and fall without any external cause. For example, this may be the result of your clumsiness or an untied shoelace.

Conversely, there are times when outdoor slip-and-fall accidents result from negligence. An example of this would be a property owner who neglects to maintain his or her parking lot.

It goes without saying that you don't often think about being injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Even so, there may come a time when you find yourself in this position.

Here are some of the most common causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents:

-- Ice or snow. Generally speaking, property owners are not required to remove all snow and ice as it accumulates outside their building. However, if the conditions result in an unnatural accumulation, the property owner could be liable if a pedestrian is injured in a slip-and-fall accident. An example of this would be a sloping surface that causes ice to form at the bottom.

-- Parking lots. Parking lot owners are responsible for maintaining the area to provide safe use. For instance, they must repair any cracks or potholes that could cause a person to trip and fall.

-- Sidewalks. Property owners are not always responsible for maintaining sidewalks. Instead, this can fall on the city or town in which the property is located. Unfortunately, when dangerous conditions exist on a sidewalk, it can lead to a serious accident.

If you or a loved one is injured in an outdoor slip-and-fall accident, do these three things:

-- Receive immediate medical attention

-- Learn more about the cause of the accident

-- Focus on your legal rights

Since there is so much gray area, such as questions regarding who is responsible for your accident and injuries, it makes good sense to consult with a personal injury attorney.

Your legal team can review your accident as to pinpoint the cause and if anyone is responsible. If you're in position to receive compensation, you can then rely on your attorney to guide the process and put you in the best position for success. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your rights.

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