Accidents happen, and you may think that your slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident is the result of your own clumsiness. In reality, you could be a victim of circumstances beyond your control, including dangerous hazards that can increase the chance of a trip or slip. If this happened to you, it is possible another party is liable for what happened to you, and it may be appropriate to see compensation through a civil claim.

One thing that may be helpful is to learn more about common hazards you may encounter at work, in a public place or even while walking down the sidewalk. When you understand the circumstances of your accident, it may be easier to determine if you have grounds to pursue recompense through the New Mexico civil justice system. An assessment of your case can also help you determine the best way to move forward.

Slipping hazards

Many of the hazards that can cause a person to slip are completely preventable and not easily visible. There are many things that can cause a person to lose his or her traction on the floor, such as solvents, cleaners, oil, water and more. When there is a spill, the property owner or manager is responsible for placing mats, putting up signs or warning people of the potential dangers until the removal of the hazard. A person can also slip when the property owner does not properly secure carpets and floor coverings.

Tripping hazards

There are also many preventable hazards that can make it more likely a person will experience a trip-and-fall accident. Items on the floors, cords, rugs, mats, broken flooring, work equipment and many other things can cause a person to trip. It is important to remove all hazards after they fall or secure things properly to decrease the chance that someone will trip over them. It is also critical to clear walkways and check on spaces where people are walking on a regular basis.

Are you a victim? 

Are you the victim of an accident that took place because you tripped or slipped? It is possible you are a victim of negligent maintenance or improper upkeep of a space. It is in your interests to seek legal guidance as soon as possible after this type of accident, as critical evidence can erode over time. You may be able to secure recovery of financial losses incurred and damages for your non-economic losses as well.