What are some of the more common types of slip and fall accidents?

Among the more common types of slip and fall accidents are those that involve slips and falls on icy sidewalks, slippery floors in supermarkets and other stores, insufficient lighting in outdoor parking lots and falls on surfaces that contain holes and cracks. Even if a property owner removes ice or snow from the sidewalk, such removal must be performed in such a way as to be safe for pedestrians. The owner must remove the ice or snow thoroughly so as to prevent any accidents from occurring.

With regard to parking lots, the owner may be liable for negligence if he or she failed to maintain the lot in a safe condition. For instance, all cracks and holes must be filled and patched. Moreover, any variations in height from one section to another should be gradual rather than sudden so as to prevent anyone from tripping, slipping or falling, and thereby becoming injured.

Usually, a property owner is not held liable for injuries occurring on a sidewalk that falls under the ownership of the city or town. However, some courts will hold the property owner liable for such injuries if the sidewalk is used exclusively by customers of the business as they enter and leave the premises.

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