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Common conditions leading to an outdoor slip-and-fall accident

You're walking outside, minding your business, and all of a sudden, you slip. As you hit the ground, it doesn't take long to realize that you've suffered a serious injury.

Knowledge of the most common conditions that cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident can help keep you safe. Here's what you need to know:

  • Inclement weather: For example, if rainwater collects on the sidewalk, it can result in slippery conditions. Even if you're watching your every step, it's possible you could lose your balance.
  • Inadequate lighting: Parking lots are notorious for inadequate lighting, making it more difficult to see the ground ahead. Without enough light, spotting debris, holes, cracks or uneven surfaces becomes difficult. Not to mention the fact that inadequate lighting increases the risk of a car-pedestrian accident.
  • Uneven surfaces: This is a common concern on sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, parking garages and entrances to buildings. Since it's difficult to spot every uneven surface, there's always a chance this could cause you to trip and fall.

If you're injured in an outdoor slip-and-fall accident, don't attempt to get up and walk away from the scene. Instead, examine yourself for injuries and call for immediate help should it be necessary.

Once you receive medical treatment, collect as much information as possible regarding the accident. For example, you can take photos of the scene, collect eyewitness statements and obtain medical records.

As your health allows, pinpoint the negligent party and take steps to hold them responsible. Doing so may allow you to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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