Uneven floors are responsible for countless injury-causing falls each year. Whether it’s a case of warped hardwood or bunched up carpeting, an uneven floor surface can spell danger for just about any unsuspecting person nearby. Since it’s the duty of the property owner to ensure their flooring is even and safe for customers, guests and patrons, it’s essential to contact a lawyer after any type of fall due to uneven flooring. Nobody should be hospitalized because a property owner neglected to maintain his or her floor for safe passage of guests and patrons. Since falls associated with uneven floors can be devastating for victims and their families, it’s important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side after this type of accident.
Injuries Associated With Uneven Floor Injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Nerve damage
- Back pain and injuries
- Hip and pelvic area injuries
- Broken ribs
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Slip, Trip, Stumble and Fall
There’s no doubt about it. Uneven floors pose a serious risk of slips, trips, stumbles and falls. Our feet instinctively know to expect even and consistent flooring. Have you ever walked onto uneven flooring? It’s a jarring experience, even if you don’t fall down. We expect for the floor beneath our feet to be properly, adequately and safely maintained. While accidents and injuries vary from situation to situation, it’s not uncommon for trip and fall accidents involving uneven flooring to be particularly dangerous and hazardous to victims. Broken bones, fractures, bruises, and abrasions are all very common injuries for falls involving uneven floors.
Hazardous Uneven Floors
If a floor is uneven or has some type of inconsistency, people in the vicinity of that floor are put at risk for tripping, stumbling or falling down. When a floor is hazardously uneven, it’s up to the property owner to fix and adequately maintain that floor. Whether it’s an issue of warped subflooring or worn out grout on tile, the property owner owes guests and patrons a reasonable duty of care. That means, it’s his or her duty to ensure the flooring is even and safe for everybody, including workers and employees, who come into contact with it.
Uneven Floors at Homes, Offices or Businesses
Uneven floors can happen anywhere a property owner is negligent. It’s possible to encounter uneven floors in our friend’s homes, in our own office buildings and even at stores we regularly frequent. Since uneven flooring can happen anywhere, it’s essential that property owners immediately recognize and address any potential hazards in their flooring. Most injuries and accidents involving uneven flooring are completely and totally preventable. Listed below are some common causes of uneven floor accidents.
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Uneven Floor Accident Causes
- Peeling linoleum or vinyl
- Warped hardwood
- Bunched up carpeting
- Cracked tiles
- Worn out grout
- Broken steps
- Improperly installed flooring
- Loose area rugs that slip and slide
- Cracked sidewalks
- Unleveled subflooring
- Torn area rugs
- Chipped tiles
- Improperly sized thresholds between rooms
Expenses Associated With Uneven Floor Accidents
Like with any type of injury accident, the expenses associated with an uneven floor fall start at the hospital and only go up from there. For people with long term chronic pain associated with the injury, it’s possible to spend tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care over a lifetime. In addition to missing work and other expenses and costs associated with your injury, it’s important to understand that you do have options. If you were injured due to an uneven floor, it’s important to get with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case.
When to Call a Jackson Injury Attorney
After any type of injury involving premises liability, it’s important to get a consultation with a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. You could be out of work for months and in the hospital for an extended period of time. In cases involving uneven and poorly maintained floors, it’s essential to get to the bottom of things as soon as possible. Not only do you need to recover compensation for your medical bills, expenses, lost wages and other costs, you also need to make sure what happened to you doesn’t happen to somebody else. Holding property owners accountable for inadequately maintained and uneven floors is critical to ensuring safety for everybody who enters the premises in the future. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a trip and fall accident involving an uneven floor in Jackson or any of the surrounding communities, contact the experienced personal injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.