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Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents

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Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most common personal injury claims in California and across the country. In order to understand this type of accident better, you should learn more about how and where they most often occur. At the law offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., we see many people who have been involved in a slip and fall in many commercial locations, such as stadiums, department stores, office buildings, supermarkets and apartment buildings.

According to Carnegie Mellon University, slips, falls and trips can all be caused by various surface issues. Flooring damage, like loose tiles or torn carpet, can present a hazard that you may easily trip over or slip on. In some cases, flooring materials are just slippery in nature, or slippery when you do not have proper traction on your shoes. Wet surfaces are likely one of the top culprits. Spilled liquids, wetness due to weather or freshly mopped floors can all present surfaces that are prime for causing falls.

Other hazards you may come across include uneven sidewalks, objects in walkways, lighting issues and a lack of handrails. Elevators not meeting the floor evenly or fogged up eyeglasses can also contribute to a greater risk for trips or falls.

Almost all slip-and-fall accidents are preventable. Using handrails, wearing shoes with non-slip tread and watching where you walk can all help you to avoid potential hazards. Reporting dangerous situations, such as slippery floors or burnt out lighting, can also help others to avoid having an accident. To learn more about slip-and-fall accidents visit our page on premises liability.

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