blog home Trip and fall accident How Dangerous Property Conditions Cause Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

By Renee Nordstrand on June 14, 2022

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A slip and fall accident can occur nearly anywhere, ranging from the supermarket, to hotels, city streets and sidewalks, the parking lot of a business, or even in a stranger’s property. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common injury-causing accidents throughout America. This may be because there are plenty of opportunities for falls everywhere that you go!

Property owners have a duty to make sure their property is safe for those who enter it. This means the owner must keep the property in a safe condition and warn of dangers that they know or reasonably should know about.

Failure to do any of these things may make the property owner liable for negligence if a slip and fall with injury occurs. The most common locations for slip and fall accidents include sidewalks, supermarkets, and gas stations.

Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents

Sidewalks are a common location for slip/trip and fall accidents and somewhere you should be extra careful. Damaged or obstructed sidewalks already present a trip and fall danger, and this is heightened when the sidewalk is wet.

Under state law in California, property owners have a responsibility to maintain the public sidewalks next to their property and keep them in a safe condition. This means that if someone sustains injuries by slipping or tripping on a sidewalk due to unsafe conditions that the property owner knew about (or reasonably should have known about), the property owner can be held liable.

Supermarket Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall cases are very common in California supermarkets. A supermarket is responsible for remedying hazardous situations because they have a duty to their customers. Dangerous situations that occur in supermarkets could include someone spilling milk on the floor, items falling on the floor presenting a tripping hazard, uneven ground, items falling from shelves onto patrons, and more.

If you have been injured in a slip/trip and fall accident in a supermarket, then you may be able to hold the market responsible. You will need to prove that the supermarket knew about (or should have known about) the dangerous condition but did not remedy the hazard that caused the victim the injury in a timely manner.

Gas Station Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

Gas station slip/trip and fall accidents are similar to supermarket slip/trip and fall accidents. When a slip and fall accident occurs as a result of the gas station’s negligence, and the victim suffers injuries, the gas station can be held liable.

The owner or manager must have known (or should have known) about the hazard and did nothing to remedy it. There are numerous slip and trip risks at a gas station including liquids that could be spilled on the ground, merchandise that could cause people to trip, and more.

Types of Injuries

There are a number of types of injuries that commonly ensue from slip and fall accidents, including:

  • Bone fractures or breaks
  • Wrist injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations

Get in Touch with a Santa Barbara Premises Liability Lawyer Today

If you have been in a slip/trip and fall accident that has caused you injury, it is a good idea to work with an experienced Santa Barbara premises liability attorney. Contact NordstrandBlack PC to discuss your situation and discover what options are available for you. We can help you hold those liable who have acted carelessly and caused your injury.

Give us a call today at (805) 962-2022.