Slip and Fall Accidents and Rain
When it rains, the chances of a slip and fall accident increase, both indoors and outdoors. While you can’t blame a person for bad weather, property owners may be negligent in dealing with the realities of rainy weather, and they may be to blame for you having a nasty fall. In such cases, it’s worth speaking with an Arlington, TX premises liability attorney about your accident and injuries.
The Law Firm of Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton, P.C. would like to discuss how rain contributes to slip and fall accidents. We’ll then consider the notion of liability in such cases and how an attorney can help you.
Outdoor Hazards Caused by Rain
Rain can make various surfaces extremely slippery, which increases the risk of falls. This is particularly true of stairs, slick floors, and other smooth surfaces. For people who work outdoors, slipping and falls become much more of a risk.
Indoor Hazards Caused by Rain
It doesn’t rain indoors, but the rain can lead to a number of slipping hazards within premises. Leaky ceilings could lead to wet floors, for instance. People entering a premises may track in moisture from outside, whether it’s on their shoes, on their clothes, or dripping from their umbrellas.
Injuries Sustained in a Slip and Fall Accident
The injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can be extremely serious. In addition to bumps and cuts, it’s possible to sprain ankles, break bones, and suffer catastrophic facial trauma and brain injuries.
This is why our Arlington law firm takes all falls and slips seriously. Both short-term and long-term repercussions of these injuries can affect your life and livelihood.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Rain-Related Slips and Falls?
When it rains, property owners and employees at a premises should consider these common sense ways of reducing slip and fall dangers:
- Place absorbent floor mats near building entrances
- Provide patrons with umbrella bags upon entering
- Have an umbrella basket near entrances
- Mark wet floors and slipping hazards so they can be avoided
- Dry mop floors regularly to reduce slipping hazards from moisture
Who Is Liable in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If a property owner did not act diligently in preventing slip and fall hazards, they may be responsible for accidents on their premises. It must be shown that the property owner was negligent, and that the accident would not have happened had certain measures been taken to reduce the slipping hazards during the rain.
Our Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, our attorneys can note the evidence in your case. We can help negotiate a fair settlement and will not hesitate to take your case all the way to trial if needed. Damages sought can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses associated with the incident.
Contact the Law Firm of Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton, P.C.
If you live in Arlington and were injured due to negligence at a property or business, be sure to contact a board-certified specialist attorney. You can reach our law firm by phone at (817) 576-8219.