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Do you know why indoor slip-and-fall accidents take place?

From an office building to a shopping mall to a grocery store, you never know where trouble is lurking.

The potential to be part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident is very real. For this reason, you should be careful about where you're walking and how you're avoiding trouble. 

Knowing why indoor slip-and-fall accidents happen can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble. Here are some of the many causes:

  • Slippery floors, such as after they are professionally cleaned
  • Property owners failing to provide a warning in regard to slick or damaged floors
  • The uneven application of wax or polish
  • The excessive use of wax or polish
  • Failure to use a floor cleaner with non-slide ingredients where necessary
  • Bulging carpet, which can act as a trip hazard
  • Mats or rugs, such as in an entry way, with curled edges or low spots
  • Missing steps
  • Missing or wobbly handrail
  • Debris on steps
  • Steps that are slippery due to the use of polish or wax
  • An elevator that jerks while in use
  • An escalator that doesn't run as smoothly as it should

You can see that there is no shortage of potential causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents.

It can be a challenge to wrap your head around all these things, as most people aren't in the habit of watching every step they take.

If you are part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident there are three things it can be important to do:

  • Call for medical help and stay where you are until it arrives
  • Take notes and snap photos to back up your claim with respect to what caused the accident
  • Follow the advice of your medical team in regard to treatment

Your health and well-being is top priority, so don't attempt to walk away from the scene if you're facing any type of injury.

An indoor slip-and-fall accident in which you suffer an injury can change your life. As you begin the recovery process, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights and what it takes to protect them. You may be able to hold a negligent party responsible for your accident and resulting damages. 

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