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How can indoor conditions lead to slip-and-fall accidents?

A person can slip and fall in many locations and under varying conditions, but there are some conditions that may make it more likely that a person will fall. If a person trips and falls on another's property, and the property owner contributed to the likelihood of the accident by failing to correct a tripping hazard or take appropriate steps to prevent an accident, under Virginia law the property owner may bear legal responsibility under the theory of premises liability.

Slip-and-fall accidents often happen on stairs, escalators and elevators. If stairs become worn and rounded, or lack proper handrail support, a person is more likely to slip on them. Stairs that have been freshly waxed or polished, or have debris or dirt on them also present a risk. If escalators and elevators are not properly maintained, they may malfunction and suddenly jolt a rider, potentially leading to serious injuries.

If grocery store owners or managers fail to notify shoppers of the presence of a wet floor, they may be liable if a shopper slips and falls. Use of certain floor treatments on areas of the floor that are on an incline may also lead to a property owner being held responsible for an injured customer's injuries if the customer falls on the premises.

Property owners may be held liable if they create or allow certain indoor conditions that contribute to a Virginian's slip-and-fall accident. One who has suffered from such an accident may wish to consult an attorney to discuss your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed Oct. 2, 2015

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