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Addressing slip-and-fall risks in building entranceways

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2022 | Slip-and-Fall Accidents

While a fall-related incident could take place in various areas of a building, some locations may be more prone to exhibiting dangerous conditions. Studies indicate that entranceways of buildings and stores continue to be a hotspot for slip-and-fall accidents, especially if no steps are taken to mitigate such risks. Knowing the types of hazards that may lie in wait at building entrances could help individuals in New Mexico take steps to reduce the risks of a devastating outcome, but sometimes there may be little one can do to avoid the unimaginable. 

Entrance hazards 

There may be a multitude of individuals who travel through the entrances of a building every day, each of whom may bring substances ranging from water and mud to snow and ice with them in the process. This in turn may cause entrance surfaces to become slippery in nature and create a greater risk of fall-related incidents. Poorly designed roof drainage systems could also cause water to build up around building entrances and failure to address and resolve similar issues can prove exceedingly dangerous. 

The risks of slip-and-fall accidents may also be greater when property owners fail to prepare for the possibility of inclement weather. Taking steps to promote safety during similar conditions such as using signs to warn of potential hazards and creating strategies to address existing issues may be vital to reducing incident risks. Studies also indicate that proper cleaning and housekeeping practices could also play a role in providing safer entranceways and failing to implement such measures may only lead to a high chance of a fall-related accident 

When a slip-and-fall accident occurs 

When property owners fail to take measures to reduce slip-and-fall accident risks, those who visit a location may be the ones left suffering the repercussions. Individuals in New Mexico who suffer severe injuries under similar situations may wish to exercise their rights to seek accountability through the civil justice system, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance in preparing for the process. An attorney can examine a client’s situation thoroughly and assist him or her in pursuing the compensation entitled through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.