The term “slip and fall accident” is a general term that describes a type of event that has the potential to cause serious injury. Sometimes these accidents are referred to as trip and fall accidents.
No matter what the term is, property owners are obligated to keep their premises safe from the risk of falling for their patrons. Some safety requirements include warnings of potentially dangerous areas, and keeping the facility properly maintained—including handrails, walkways, stairs, and more.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Houston
When you go shopping in Houston, it’s understandable that you assume that hazards will be well marked and quickly taken care of to prevent the risk of harm to you, the patron. When that doesn’t happen, you may have a case against the property owner whose carelessness hurt you.
Here are a few ways slip and fall accidents happen:
- Slip on water or spilled food in an unmarked puddle on the ground or floor
- Trip over debris left in a walkway
- Slip, or trip on uneven surfaces that are not properly marked
- Dangerous construction or work sites that cause people to fall
- Safety gear, such as handrails and guardrails, that are not properly maintained
- Cracked or broken sidewalks, flooring, stairs, or escalators
Often accidents of this nature cause serious injuries, such as broken hips, traumatic brain injuries, severe lacerations, tears, sprains, or strains. Unfortunately, accidents like these could and should have been prevented.
If you have fallen because of one of these situations or a similar instance, you may have a case against the owner or manager of the property. Knowing how to fight these cases can be difficult. We’re happy to meet with you to discuss your case in greater detail to let you know what your options are. Schedule an appointment with our Houston slip and fall attorney Cris Galindo to learn more about what you can do to protect your family against having to pay the price for high medical bills, lost wages, and more.