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The unseen consequences of uneven floor surfaces

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Personal Injury, Premises liability

Walking from one place to another safely should be simple enough. However, even seemingly minor hazards, such as uneven floor surfaces, can endanger your well-being. Slip and fall accidents are common across Dallas, often due to property owners failing to address such risks.

How uneven flooring contributes to slip and fall accidents

Uneven floor surfaces are found almost everywhere, from public parks to office settings. A few examples are:

  • Broken or cracked sidewalks
  • Poorly installed carpeting
  • Loose floorboards or tiles
  • Sloping and slippery surfaces

These hazards may arise due to factors such as poor design and architecture, weather conditions, wear and tear or improper installation. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their premises are free from such dangers. Otherwise, individuals visiting the property could lose footing, fall and sustain serious injuries.

Although a fall often results in minor discomfort, it can also lead to fractures, sprains, head injuries and a herniated disc. Serious injuries from a fall can be disruptive, resulting in loss of work, mobility issues and mounting medical bills.

Who may be liable for slip and fall injuries?

Everyone must exercise reasonable care for their own safety when entering another person’s property. However, they may have grounds to pursue a premises liability claim if they sustain an injury due to a property owner’s negligence.

For better chances of success, the following elements must be present:

  • A dangerous condition was present on the property
  • The owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition
  • The owner did not adequately address the condition
  • The victim sustained injuries as a result

Building a solid premises liability case requires strong evidence and quick action. Documenting the scene and obtaining medical evaluation may bolster a claim. Additionally, consulting a lawyer may help streamline the process and prevent mistakes that may affect the outcome.

The pain and cost of injuries after a slip and fall can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, compensation may be within reach. Beyond paving the way for recovery, taking legal action may potentially prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.