Are you the victim of a
slip and fall accident that occurred indoors? Perhaps you slipped on a wet floor or tripped on
a carpet bulge? Maybe you lost your footing on a stairway due to an improperly
maintained or defective step?
These are all examples of slip and fall accidents that occur inside the
premises of a property owner or someone in control of it. Accidents do
not typically happen unless there is a dangerous condition such as a slippery
surface or tripping hazard on site that could lead to serious injuries.
If a property owner or occupier of the premises neglects to take precaution
to guard against harm or fails to take remedial action within a reasonable
amount of time, they can be subject to
premises liability for resulting injuries that arise.
Experienced Poughkeepsie premises liability attorneys know that the most common types of indoor conditions that can lead to
a slip and fall accident relate to improper maintenance or defects in
floors, carpets, and stairs.
Property owners have a duty to safely maintain the premises and routinely
inspect areas for dangerous conditions that may harm another person. Failure
to do so can lead to injuries and consequently, liability for damages.
Some examples of dangerous conditions on the surface of a floor that could
a slip and fall accident are puddles of water, excessive or uneven amounts of wax or polish, and
floor treatments with non-skid ingredients. Of course there are situations
where slippery surfaces cannot be corrected immediately, as in the instance
of a damp floor that was recently mopped or a floor treatment in the process
In these instances, property owners should take necessary precaution in
preventing injury by posting signs that adequately warn others of the
hazard or providing sufficient barriers to close off any wet or damp areas
of the floor. Failure to do so could result in
a premises liability claim.
Several examples of dangerous conditions on carpeted floors, rugs, and
mats that could result in a slip and fall accident are tattered and bulging
areas, curled edges that stick up, and worn spots.
Examples of poor stairway conditions that could result in a slip and fall
accident are worn and rounded steps, missing or broken handrails, and
slippery steps due to a waxed or polished finish.
Learn more about how to establish liability in a slip and fall case in
our article posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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