It might not be uncommon for many individuals to be unaware of the hazards that might lie in wait as they navigate through public areas such as grocery stores. While property owners may have a duty to provide consumers with a safe environment free of hazards, sometimes things might not go as planned. Knowing some of the most prevalent causes of slip-and-fall accidents could help individuals in Arizona prepare to protect their well-being, but it may also be helpful to know the steps to take should such an incident occur.
Fall-related safety risks can exist in virtually any type of environment and some of the most prevalent examples of such hazards may include:
- Liquid spills: Slick surfaces continue to be a leading cause of slip-and-fall incidents and any type of spill could pose a significant threat to the safety of others, especially if left unaddressed.
- Uneven surfaces: Cracks in the floor or unexpected elevation changes are two examples of issues that may cause surfaces to be uneven, and similar issues play a role in many fall-related incidents.
- Floor debris: Floor clutter and debris could also lead to a greater risk of fall-related incidents and types of clutter could include anything from extension cords to boxes.
Those who walk through areas with inadequate lighting may also be at greater risk of suffering harm in a fall and it could prove difficult to detect potential hazards in these areas.
Regardless of how it occurs, a slip-and-fall accident may run the risk of leaving a person with serious or permanent injuries. Individuals in Arizona who face such hardships in life due to the negligent decisions of a property owner could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can examine the incident, address a client’s injuries and needs, and assist him or her in preparing to navigate every step of the subsequent process.