Indoor vs outdoor slip and fall claims

Indoor vs outdoor slip and fall claims

| Jan 2, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Slip and fall accidents can happen indoors as well as outdoors. However, there is a clear difference in the manner in which the court handles these accidents. 

It is important to understand the laws pertaining to indoors and outdoors slip and fall accidents in order to build a strong case in the event of an accident. The following are some of the key elements building owners need to take into consideration to keep visitors on their property safer. 

Elevators and escalators 

In commercial as well as residential buildings, elevators and escalators must be regularly cleaned and maintained to get rid of debris which might cause accidents. 

Stairs 

Stairs must be routinely maintained and fitted with handrails to prevent cases of falls. There should also be accessible alternatives to stairs for persons with disabilities. 

Floors 

The floors should be clean, so owners need to make sure to remove any slippery materials such as oil or detergent. This is particularly important in eateries and restaurants where beverages and food are regularly served. 

In cases of outdoor slip and fall accident claims, the court may evaluate a structure to determine whether it meets the following safety requirements: 

Lighting  

Building parking lots and compounds must be adequately lit to enhance visibility, and any ditch or trench should be well marked using light-reflective signs. 

Weather conditions 

Weather conditions such as snow and ice are very common causes of slip and fall accidents in the winter season. Property owners need to ensure their outdoor space is routinely cleared of snow to prevent accidents. 

Sidewalks 

While it is important to remain aware of your surroundings as a pedestrian or visitor to a property, poorly maintained sidewalks may put you in trouble and result in a serious injury, even if you are careful. 

It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the building meets all the expected safety standards, both indoors and outdoors.