How to Spot Negligent Maintenance

“If you take care of the little things,

the big things will take care of themselves.

You can gain more control of your life

by paying closer attention to the little things.”

Emily Dickinson

When a property owner chooses to invite guests onto the premises, the guests assume that any hazards or potential dangers have either been dealt with or sufficiently warned of. Those who steward a property would do well to heed Emily Dickinson’s wise words and pay close attention to the little things on their properties that have the potential to do harm to visitors. Unfortunately, they don’t always do this.

If you or a family member have been injured on the premises of a someone’s property, private or public, you will be asked dozens of questions by property managers, owners, and stewards as well as insurance representatives and adversarial attorneys. As you review the facts of what happened, you may need to know how to spot negligent maintenance of the property, especially as it pertains to the potential cause of your accident.

Here are a few common oversights and fatal flaws property owners make that may cause them to be liable for injuries that occur on their premises.

  • Insufficient lighting
  • Poor or lack of hazard signage
  • Sloppy grounds keeping leading to low hanging branches
  • Poor parking lot or roadway maintenance leading to potholes or other slip and fall hazards
  • Dripping water pipes leaving wet and slippery floors
  • Electrical tape or duct tape repairs to electrical cords could indicate exposed wire elsewhere
  • Weak handrails, wobbly boards could lead to hazards on wooden decks
  • Cracked sidewalks and driveways could cause slips and falls

The list could go on and on. As you begin to think through the nature of your injury call for the well-trained counsel of Old & Smith’s skilled personal injury attorneys. We will work diligently to pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family in your personal injury or premises claim.

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