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Floors can play a role in slip-and-fall accidents

When you think about slip-and-fall accidents, the first thing that comes to mind may be ice, snow, or some other type of weather condition. While it is true that these incidents often occur outdoors, don't overlook the fact that indoor trouble could be lurking around the corner.

Faulty flooring can cause a slip-and-fall accident, thus leading to serious injury in Ontario. Here are some examples of conduct that can lead to this type of accident:

-- The application of too much floor polish or wax.

-- Failing to provide warnings, such as a sign, that a floor is wet.

-- Failing to provide barriers in an attempt to close off an area of the floor that is being cleaned.

-- Applying floor treatment on a slope.

-- Failing to use the right type of floor treatment.

The above is related to hard surfaces, however, carpeted floors can be just as dangerous. For example, a torn piece of carpet can cause a person to trip. Or a rug with a curled edge can act as a hazard.

Most people are not in the habit of watching the floor while they walk. Instead, they are simply trying to get from point A to point B. Unfortunately, this can lead to trouble.

If you are involved in a slip-and-fall accident, don't try to get up and walk away from the scene. Unless you are 100 percent sure you are uninjured, it is best to wait for help to arrive. This will help you avoid a situation in which you make your injury worse. Sometimes an individual may not realize they have been injured until they are evaluated by a medical professional. 

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed April 04, 2016

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