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Slip and Fall Hazards Posed By Cracked Steps or Sidewalks

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on May 08, 2014

Slip and Fall Hazards Posed By Cracked Steps or SidewalksAccidents can happen for a number of reasons, and it's important that they are taken seriously no matter what. This is especially true with regard to accidents that are the result of another person or party's negligent behavior. In such instances, it is of the utmost importance that you have a skilled lawyer on your side. A personal injury attorney will make sure that negligent parties are held accountable for harm they have caused, helping clients collect damages to cover losses and injuries.

Right now, we want to consider one form of accident that you may not have considered: problems with cracks in steps and sidewalks. This is much more serious an issue than you may think.

Why Cracked Steps Pose Such a Major Hazard

When steps are cracked or damaged in any fashion, they pose a number of hazards. For one, it's possible for the step to break further, causing a person to slip or fall from simply walking up or down the stairs. On top of that, the crack itself may be so large or pronounced that it makes the step uneven, which can cause a person to lose balance as they take a normal step.

Cracked Sidewalks Can Similarly Be Dangerous

Cracks in sidewalks are similarly dangerous for the same reasons. These cracks may be signs of general structural issues with the sidewalk, which may prove harmful in an advanced state of disrepair. The cracked part of the sidewalk can also present an uneven surface, and in such cases pose a tripping hazard of sorts. This is especially worth noting when the cracked sidewalk is upraised or uneven in some way.

Common Causes of Cracked Steps and Walkways

Some of the most common causes of cracked steps and sidewalks include:

  • Damage from heavy objects
  • Long-term wear and tear
  • Lack of proper maintenance
  • Damage from weather and the elements

What Property Owners Can Do to Prevent Injuries

Property owners need to take issues with stairs and sidewalks seriously. They should properly maintain their property no matter in order to ensure that those visiting said property are not harmed in any way. If cracked steps or sidewalks are visible, warning signs or other kinds of notices should be posted in order to prevent potential injury of any kind.

How Our Legal Team Can Help You

Slip and fall attorneys are a crucial part of the premises liability process, helping accident victims hold the negligent owners of properties accountable for their actions. Our legal team will help obtain compensation for any injuries sustained and will also help ensure that instances such as these do not occur again in the future on the same property.

Learn More About Your Legal Options Following a Serious Injury

If you would like to learn more about your legal rights following a serious injury at a business or on another person's property, it's important that you schedule a consultation with our legal team. We encourage you to contact our Daytona Beach and Palm Beach personal injury attorneys today. During your meeting with our lawyers, we will be sure to provide you with all the information you need to pursue just compensation.

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