When is the last time you nearly tripped and fell? What were the circumstances? If it happened in your own home, you might have only yourself to blame. But if it happened nearly anywhere else and because of some negligent action or inaction on the part of an Anchorage property owner, blame now shifts.
In a previous post, we discussed the serious injuries that can result from slip-and-fall accidents—particularly as we get older. When we were kids, our bodies were quite resilient, and falling down was no big deal. But as adults, our increased height and body mass—not to mention our more brittle bones—mean that a simple tumble can have more severe consequences.
In a previous post, we discussed the obligation of every property owner to keep their sidewalks and parking spaces clear during the winter. If someone comes to your home or business and slips on the ice, they could sue you for damages.
The new year is upon us. We made it through the holiday season—and little bit plumper and better rested—and now it’s time to return to normal life. If you’re like many Alaskans, you may have made a New Year’s resolution to trim down or bulk up. However, each year, physical fitness resolutions lead many people from the gym to the hospital.
Slip-and-fall accidents are quite common during the winter—and they can often lead to serious injury. If you wipe out while ice skating and hurt your knee, you probably can’t hold anyone else liable for your injuries. But what if the mailman slips and falls on your front stoop?
Most of us know that as we get older, our bodies become less resilient. Our bones become more brittle. If we slip in the tub, we're more likely to bruise and break a bone than we would have when we were younger.
For many families, going to the mall the day after Thanksgiving to snag steeply discounted merchandise is becoming as much of a holiday tradition as Thanksgiving itself. Every year, swarms of shoppers line up outside department stores—sometimes camping out the night before the doors open—to secure the best deals possible.
Property owners must provide premises that are free of hazards that could cause injuries to visitors or customers. However, slip-and-fall accidents are the subject of many lawsuits in the civil courts of Alaska. Foreign substances that cause slippery surfaces typically lead to slips that result in victims falling backward. In contrast, a person who trips over a misplaced object or uneven walk surface would usually fall forward. In both these accidents, various injuries can occur, some of which can cause long-term health problems.
Consumers in Alaska may not realize that shopping might be a hazardous activity. Premises liability laws require owners of retail facilities to take reasonable care to offer consumers premises that are free of unsafe conditions or hidden dangers. They must ensure that spills are cleaned up immediately to prevent slip-and-fall accidents, repair broken railings or stairs, remove objects that have fallen, replace faulty light bulbs and provide the necessary security to protect customers.
Whenever anyone in Alaska suffers injuries on negligently maintained premises of another person or entity, the injured person might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. Typical incidents that give rise to premises liability lawsuits involve slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. When this happens inside a building, common causes include torn carpets, wet patches on the floor, poor lighting, changes in flooring, and narrow or damaged stairs. However, accidents can also occur outside due to broken sidewalks, accumulated ice, snow, water and other hazards.