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Common causes of indoor slips and falls

Slips and falls are one of the most common types of accidents people have. Seniors, in particular, have good reason to fear a fall. One out of every three people over the age of 65 will fall every year -- and that can lead to broken arms, legs or hips, extended stays in a nursing facility and a downward health spiral from which a victim might never recover.

The worst part is that many slips and falls -- especially those that occur indoors -- could be prevented if property owners and managers simply exercised a little more care.

Here are some of the typical indoor hazards that could be avoided:

  • Torn or frayed carpets, which can cause someone to catch their shoe and tumble
  • Tile floors and stairs without nonskid mats or strips to prevent slips and falls and floors that have been too-heavily waxed
  • Poor lighting that isn't sufficient to light up the ground in stairwells, entrances, exits and halls
  • Missing handrails on stairs and in areas where the floor is inclined, including near ramps
  • Poorly maintained staircases with broken or cluttered steps
  • Elevators and escalators that are in poor operating condition, occasionally catching or jerking as it moves
  • Supply boxes, magazines and other sundry items left around an office floor or waiting room can easily cause someone to trip
  • Spills, including water, coffee and food, that aren't properly (and promptly) cleaned up again
  • Furniture that is placed in a pathway, including things like small accent tables, lamps or coffee tables

If you're the victim of a slip-and-fall accident that caused you a serious injury, you may have the right to ask a private or public property owner to compensate you for your losses. Find out more about your legal options as soon as possible.

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