When you or somebody you love go onto another person’s property, you should not have to worry about whether or not you are in danger of slipping and falling. Unfortunately, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a property owner allow for slip and fall conditions to arise. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our slip and fall attorneys in Spokane want to discuss ways that you can prevent a serious fall injury from occurring when you are on another person’s property.
Slip and fall injuries occur, but you can take steps to prevent them
In Spokane, you may hear the terms “slip and fall” and “trip and fall” used interchangeably. For the purposes of this article, the advice is going to be the same for either. For a slip or trip and fall accident, it is often true that the negligence of a property owner allows conditions to arise that can injure their guests. When you go onto another person’s property, the following steps could help keep you from sustaining a serious injury.
- Scan the floors in every area: As soon as you walk into a building, or if you walk into a new outdoor area, scan the floor or ground for any obvious hazards. This includes wet floors, possible loose material, any low lying obstacles, and more. Anytime you walk into a new area of a building or outdoor area, you need to scan the ground.
- Minimize distractions while you are walking: Technology has become such a major part of our lives, regardless of age. All too often, people get injured because they are walking while their faces are glued to their cell phone screens. If you absolutely need to look at your screen while you are walking, stop before doing so. You will be unable to notice any wet floors or other hazards if you are sending or receiving a text message or browsing social media.
- Avoid visible hazards: If you do see the hazards present on the floor inside a building or on the ground outside, take measures to avoid them. This includes wet areas, poorly maintained areas, scattered debris, and more. While there may not always be warning signs, sometimes a little common sense goes a long way when preventing injuries.
- Heed warning signs: When you do see a warning sign, whether it be a “wet floor” or “under construction” sign, this is your warning. The property owner is doing what they are supposed to do, which is to warn you about any possible hazards that could cause injuries. If you ignore a warning sign, liability for any injuries may fall strictly on you.
Despite your best efforts, you could still suffer an injury from a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of a property owner. When this occurs, it is time to consult with a Spokane slip and fall attorney.
Contact our Spokane slip and fall attorney today
If you or a loved one has sustained a slip and fall injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, contact the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC today. We have the resources and legal experience necessary to thoroughly investigate your claim and to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of your slip and fall medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Any out-of-pocket household expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages