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Slip And Fall Accidents: Who Is Responsible?

Despite increased awareness, slip and fall accidents account for the most common types of injuries that require hospitalization. Sadly, many of these accidents result in life-long disabilities or even death. As a victim or a loved one, you may be searching for answers-and rightfully so. It is important to assess the situation thoroughly to make sure negligence wasn't involved and to gain legal aid as needed.

But the question is who really is responsible for slip and fall accidents? There is no clear-cut answer, and it is our job as lawyers to help you sift through the tragedy and determine whether negligence existed during the injury. The situation varies, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Employers

Employers are required to run their companies in compliance with OSHA. This government-based organization puts out guidelines and regulations to help keep employees safe. Review this book thoroughly and report any issues immediately.

Business Owners

Businesses are also common places for slips and falls. You may just be out shopping, when a fall can change your life forever. If a business failed to mop up a floor, provide adequate lighting or fix issues on the ground, then the owners may be found negligent in court.

Homeowners

Visits with friends and other loved ones can also take a tragic turn. Perhaps a homeowner knowingly had flooring issues and didn't tell you. This has now turned into a significant injury. Homeowners are required to help keep their houses safe for everyone, including visitors.

Decreased Risks

While some individuals are indeed negligent about their properties, it is important to decrease your risk by following simple safety measures. Always follow the rules at the workplace and utilize all equipment correctly. Also be aware of your surroundings when walking in unfamiliar territory as well as at high elevations.

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