Falls with Obstructions in Indiana
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Not only can slippery and wet surfaces cause slip and fall accidents, but also objects and the environment. When a slip and fall or trip and fall injury is caused by an obstruction, the owner of the property where the accident occurred is liable for the victim’s damages. One of the most important steps to recover financial compensation is hiring an experienced premises liability attorney.
At McKibben Shaw Law, our legal team specializes in slip and fall cases. With more than three decades of experience, we have a successful track record of winning millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Common Types of Obstructions Causing Falls
Slips occur when there is less traction or friction between your shoes and the surface. While spills, oily floors, and inclement weather conditions are common causes of slips and falls, such accidents can also be caused by loose and unanchored mats or rugs or sleek flooring.
In addition, trips occur when your foot hits or strikes an object, causing you to lose your balance and fall. Common causes of trip and fall accidents clutter or debris on the ground, wiring, and uneven surfaces.
Our legal team handles the following types of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents involving obstructions:
- Automatic gates and doors – Property entry gates that are automatically operated by motor controllers are responsible for various personal injury claims. Sliding or swinging gates may strike people and vehicles. If such accidents are caused by a malfunction, we may be able to bring product liability lawsuits.
- Cables and cords – Whether you’re in someone’s home or a restaurant or store, the property may have exposed cables or cords on the ground. Tripping and falling from a cable or cord can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries.
- Handicapped ramps – Although handicapped ramps are meant to be safe and used to help people with disabilities, and improperly maintained handicapped ramp may actually result in a slip and fall accident. If a ramp has worn down over time and not properly maintained or repaired without any warning signs, a property owner can be held liable for a ramp accident.
- Ice and snow – During the winter season, businesses and other property owners must exercise reasonable care to clear their premises of snow and ice to protect their patrons and visitors. Failure to clear or lean the entryways, sidewalks, and stairways that frequently accumulate ice and snow during the colder months of the year can lead to a slip and fall accident and a lawsuit.
- Mats and carpets – Almost every restaurant, convenience store, or gas station has an entrance mat or runner. While these mats are designed to remove liquid substances people can bring into the establishment and help them walk more safely. However, wrinkled or loose mats can become a tripping hazard and do more harm than good.
- Spilled liquids – Spilled liquids in grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, and other businesses are a common cause of slip and fall accidents in Indiana. If a property owner or manager fails to clean up a spill or warn others of the spill, they can be held liable for any injury caused by the spill.
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Injuries can range from bruises and sprains to fracture or broken bones. You may be to pay medical expenses upfront and deal with not earning paycheck while you recover from injury. Let McKibben Shaw Law help you recover your entitled compensation while you make the best possible recovery from injury.
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