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4 hidden property conditions that could lead to injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Personal Injury |

No matter how vigilant you are about the potential hazards of the places you visit, there are dangers that might not be immediately apparent that can still put you at risk of injuries.

In many properties, these dangers can be in the form of hidden conditions not immediately obvious to visitors or occupants, such as the following:

1. Slippery floors

Recently mopped or waxed floors that do not have warning signs indicating their slippery condition can lead to falls, resulting in bone fractures, head injuries and other slip-and-fall injuries.

2. Uneven surfaces

Uneven levels in flooring and stairs can be significant trip hazards, especially when they are not clearly visible. Poor lighting makes it difficult to see these uneven surfaces and obstructions can further increase the risk by hiding them from view or creating an additional obstacle to navigate around.

3. Structural defects

Hidden structural defects in a property, such as cracks in the foundation, a weak stairway or a rotten floorboard, can lead to instability and collapses, which can result in serious injuries or even fatalities of people within the premises.

4. Lead paint and asbestos

Some buildings, usually older ones, may have lead-based paint or asbestos that is not immediately apparent but can cause long-term health issues to guests and visitors.

Property owners and managers have a duty to maintain safe premises for their visitors. This includes regular inspections to identify and remediate hidden hazards.

If you suffered an injury due to a hidden condition on a property you visited, you may have legal grounds for a premises liability claim. Having an experienced legal representative review your case can help you gauge its strength and build a strong claim to pursue the compensation you deserve.