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Slip-and-fall accidents may lead to premises liability claims

The potential for premises liability is overwhelming, as it can happen just about everywhere. Any uneven surface, albeit in a parking lot or building, or cluttered spaces can result in slip\-and\-fall accidents. California consumers have a right to expect that owners and landlords ensure that their premises are safe.

In many cases, when someone trips, falls or slips, it is no accident. Very often injuries could have been prevented if the owner or manager of the premises took a close look at the walking surfaces and the possible dangers these hold. Surfaces which are uneven, in a state of disrepair, slippery, wet, not properly lighted or marked, and even changes in elevation, pose a danger and people should be made aware of the fact.

Slip-and-fall accidents are not the only types of accidents that can result in premises liability claims. Visitors to buildings are also entitled to safe ways to get out of a building in emergencies. Buildings should have clearly marked emergency exits, while safety equipment must regularly be checked and serviced. Exits should also not be cluttered, as it can impeded fast exits.

Companies and property owners in California are required to ensure that their premises are safe and do not pose any unreasonable danger for those lawfully on the property. Failure to do so could lead to a premises liability lawsuit. When a person is injured in a slip-and-fall accident on the premises due to hazardous conditions, the property owner and/or party in possession of it could be financially responsible for the injuries suffered.  

Source: travelers.com, "Premises Security and Liability", Accessed on Aug. 16, 2017

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