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Uneven Floors Can Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on July 14, 2017

An injured person speaking to a lawyerWhen people in Daytona Beach are injured as a result of negligence, they know that Chanfrau & Chanfrau is on their side. We have helped countless people who have been injured as a result of auto accidents, medical malpractice, and problems with safety at businesses.

Premises liability lawsuits can be challenging, which is why contacting an experienced slip and fall lawyer is so important. A number of these kinds of cases involve issues with uneven or dangerous floors, an issue we'd like to explore below in greater detail.

About Uneven Floors

An uneven floor doesn't seem like a hazard, and yet they can be bigger dangers than you'd expect. We can walk just fine over even surfaces without paying too much attention to obstacles or objects in our path. Yet small dips, pits, snags, and bumps can lead to a number of trip, slip, and fall hazards. For instance, linoleum floors that slant downwards may lead to pools of liquid accumulating in a puddle, which makes slipping much more likely.

This becomes even more serious if these humps or dips in the floor are pronounced, or if stairs or landings are uneven. Suddenly the chances of a fall are much higher, and so is the likelihood of a greater injury.

Examples of Uneven Floors

Uneven floors can take many different forms. Here are a few examples for you to consider so you understand how common the issue may be:

  • Snags or bumps in carpet
  • Large cracks in a floor
  • Holes in a floor
  • A bump in a rug or mat
  • Loose or raised boards, tile, or floor materials
  • Uneven stairs
  • Slanted floors
  • Sudden/unexpected steps or dips

Causes of Uneven Floors

A whole host of issues can lead to floors becoming slanted or uneven. Disrepair and poor maintenance of floor can lead to eventual issues with an uneven surface. Bad architecture, design, and contracting work can similarly cause problems with the overall condition of a property's floors. Whatever the reasons may be, it's important that these issues be addressed as soon as possible before a serious injury or accident occurs.

The Potential for Injuries

Slips, trips, and falls can lead to any number of injuries. Minor injuries could include contusions, cuts, and sprains. More serious injuries might include fractures and head injuries. If there's a fall on stairs or from a high place, the injuries could prove catastrophic and even fatal.

Property Owners Must Be Responsible

The bottom line in all of this is that property owners need to keep their property/properties safe. That means regular maintenance of floors, marking places off limits if they do pose dangers, and reducing the risk of harm for everyone who is present at a place of business. This is just common sense. When they fail to meet this obligation, it's important that they be held legally liable for injuries their negligence caused or contributed to.

How a Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help

Premises liability lawsuits can be complicated matters, and having an experienced lawyer on your side is crucial for a successful lawsuit. Your attorney can focus on the case and seek damages on your behalf while your attention can be focused into recovering from injuries and getting on with your normal life. Peace of mind and mindful legal representation are invaluable.

Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau

For more information about your legal rights and options, be sure to contact our team of injury accident attorneys today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will work with you to hold negligent property owners accountable.

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