Property owners have a responsibility to maintain reasonably safe conditions on their properties. Unfortunately, when property owners fail to maintain their properties, dangerous trip or slip and fall accidents may occur.
Property Maintenance Issues
Property owners have a duty to maintain their properties. That means that they have a legal responsibility to fix anything that could cause a safety hazard within a reasonable amount of time. Property maintenance issues include:
- Broken lights
- Broken, loose, or missing handrails
- Loose, torn, or ripped carpeting
- Missing or warped floorboards
- Broken tiles
- Cracked steps
- Stairs with broken treads
- Broken or uneven concrete
- Clutter, wires, fallen merchandise, or other things on the ground
- Slippery floors from spilled liquids, wet shoes, floor cleaning, or other reasons
- Potholes in sidewalks, driveways, or parking lots
- Plant roots or weeds in sidewalks, driveways, or parking lots
Any one of these conditions or other property maintenance issues may cause a fall accident injury.
What to Do After a Fall Accident
A fall is jarring and upsetting, and you may begin to feel immediate pain because of your injuries. It’s hard to know what to do in this situation, but the following could make a big difference in your ability to recover fair compensation:
- Take pictures at the accident scene. You want to document the maintenance issue before the property owner has a chance to fix it.
- Find witnesses. Get the names and contact information of anyone who saw you fall. Witnesses may testify about property maintenance issues they saw at the time you fell, what you were doing immediately before the fall, and other relevant facts for your case.
- Watch what you say to the property owner. Do not apologize for the fall or discuss what may have caused the fall.
Most importantly, we encourage you to call a Kansas City slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. We can investigate your accident, look for potential building code violations, make sure that evidence is protected, and fight for your full and fair recovery.
Call us or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your rights and possible compensation.