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Are Pedestrians Responsible for Trip & Fall Accidents?

Are Pedestrians Responsible for Trip & Fall Accidents?

Trip and fall accidents are just as serious as any other type of personal injury case. These can occur as a result of objects in a walkway, defective walking surfaces, dangerous changes in the walkway (such as holes, gaps, or unmarked obstructions), and slippery surfaces. In many cases, pedestrians slip and fall when there is no posted notice advising people to be careful of the dangerous walkway conditions.

Common examples of walkway hazards include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Wet floors
  • Loose merchandise
  • Unsecured or damaged floor covering
  • Faulty elevators and escalators
  • Potholes and unmarked dips
  • Insufficient lighting

A property owner has a legal responsibility to ensure that the property has safe walking areas. If the trip and fall injury occurred as a result of the condition of the property where the accident took place, the owner of the property can often be held responsible. If a maintenance worker or company failed to act appropriately, thus contributing to the conditions that caused the fall, they can be held liable as well.

Claiming someone else is responsible for your trip and fall accident may prove difficult if you did not exercise appropriate caution. If you can prove that you fell and were injured despite taking due care to heed signs and pay attention to warnings and walkway conditions, you may have a case.

Injuries sustained in trip and fall accidents are often far more serious than skinned knees. When pedestrians slip, trip, fall, or are otherwise knocked off their feet, they may experience spinal damage, broken bones, internal bleeding, soft tissue injuries, and more. A trip and fall accident can result in lifelong difficulty, protracted medical issues, and limited ability to perform normal tasks and participate in physical activities.

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, including public and community property, don’t wait to get in touch with a proven personal injury lawyer who can help you receive the compensation they deserve. Our team of Albuquerque premises liability lawyers at Michael J. Doyle, Attorney At Law, is ready to help you start building your case today.

Call us at (505) 219-2176 or send us your information to receive a free case evaluation right away.

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