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What conditions can cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident?

Perhaps because of Chicago's weather patterns, most residents only worry about slipping or falling when they are outdoors. The truth is slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, even in an otherwise safe indoor environment.

As you might already know, even a minor fall can lead to serious injuries, taking you away from your work and your personal life. In many slip-and-fall situations, you have the option of seeking compensation if your accident and your injuries happened due to negligence.

On the proactive side, it is always better to avoid injury when possible indoors and outdoors. One way to preserve your safety is by knowing what conditions can cause a slip-and-fall accident indoors. This way, you have a better chance of avoiding the hazard and continuing with your activities.

Hazards that can cause you to slip or fall indoors:

-- Wet floors

-- Abrupt changes in floor conditions

-- Torn or frayed carpets

-- Excessive wax

-- Worn steps in stairwells

-- Missing or broken handrails

-- Debris on floors or stairs

Of course, you should do your best to look for and avoid hazards on another person's property, but accidents can still occur. As mentioned before, you may be able to file a premises liability claim as long as the property owner was negligent in his or her duty to ensure the premises was reasonably safe. As you might expect, this entails keeping the property as safe as possible, but it also means that the property owner should provide adequate warnings if hazards do exist.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on another person's property and are unsure if you have a claim, you might consider seeking advice from a personal injury attorney serving the Chicago area.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed Jan. 31, 2017

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