Sidewalk steps are a common area in which slip and fall accidents take place. In some cases, a slip and fall accident may occur due to a person's own clumsiness, but other times accidents may be caused by the negligence of the party responsible for maintaining a particular walkway. This may include landlords, business owners, management companies, or a city.
When slip and fall accidents are caused by another party's negligence, there may be grounds for recovering damages through a personal injury lawsuit. At Saunders Law Group, our attorneys are experienced in injury cases involving slip and fall accidents and sidewalk steps in and around Bartow, FL and Lakeland, FL. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, we encourage you to contact our legal team today to ensure your rights are protected.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents on Sidewalk Steps
Slip and fall accidents on sidewalk steps can happen at any time. Taking a wrong step, wearing slippery shoes, or losing your balance are all common mistakes that can cause a person to slip and fall, but sometimes an accident is caused by poorly maintained sidewalks or other issues that can leave the party responsible for maintaining a sidewalk liable in the event of an injury. Some possible causes of slip and fall accidents on sidewalk steps include:
- Poor lighting
- Cracked or broken concrete stairs
- Ramps, stairs, or curbs not marked with a yellow strip or friction strip
- Missing or damaged hand rails
- Overgrown vegetation
- Wet or icy steps or walkways
Common Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Injuries from a slip and fall accident may be minor or serious. In some cases, the full extent of an injury may not be apparent for several months. Bones can heal improperly or the body may not fully recover from an injury, causing some to experience lifelong issues from their slip and fall accident. Some common injuries from slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken arm, wrist, ankle, or leg
- Other bone fractures
- Back injury
- Sprained arm, leg, wrist, or ankle
- Head injuries
- Broken or lost teeth
Protecting Your Rights after a Slip and Fall Accident
Simply slipping and falling on sidewalk steps doesn't necessarily mean that another party is liable for injuries or other damages. Proving that another party is responsible can be difficult, which is why it is important to seek the assistance of a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after being injured in a sidewalk accident. An attorney experienced in slip and fall cases can help gather evidence, including photos of the sidewalk in question, witnesses, or medical records, to support your claim and ensure your legal rights are protected.
Contact the Slip and Fall Attorneys of Saunders Law Group
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by another party's negligence, you're encouraged to contact our personal injury attorneys. Our legal team is experienced in proving property owner negligence to help those injured in slip and fall accidents recover the compensation they deserve.