Slip and fall accidents can be quite common indoors. In such situations, the property owner can be held liable for any injuries that happen in their premises if they failed to take the necessary actions to ensure the safety of their environment, which is part of their duty of care to their tenants. According to the website of Pohl & Berk LLP, property owners should ensure that any dangerous surface should be eliminated or else they will have liability for any injuries that will occur. Here are some instances when property owners can be liable for premise liability indoors:
The premises of an apartment or commercial building should be from wet floors. If the property owner fails to do the following, they could be held liable for the slip and fall accident:
- The property owner did not sufficiently warn occupants or tenants that the floor is wet or damp
- The owner of the building did not provide adequate barriers to seal an area where there is a wet floor
- Excessive use or uneven application of wax or polish
- Cleaning one part of the floor and leaving the other section uncleaned
Stairs are made from materials that can be subjected through wear and tear. Their edges can become rounded which could result to people slipping when they step on them. If the property owner is aware of such condition and does not remedy it, they will be held liable for any slip and fall accident. Additionally, they may have some liability if the following conditions are not corrected:
- Worn and rounded steps
- Presence of debris on the stairs
- Although the stairs are waxed and polished, the materials do not have a non-skid surface
- Broken or missing handrail
Escalators and elevators
In the case of escalators and elevators, proper maintenance is necessary to ensure their safety. Slip and fall accidents can happen as a result of sudden movements in the machineries or when clothes, footwear, fingers, hands, or feet are caught in the machinery.
While guests and occupants also have a responsibility in being aware of their surroundings, Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at the Abel Law Firm would say that the burden of responsibility is greater on the property owners.