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Monday, May 26, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Prevent a Slip and Fall Personal Injury Accident in your Home

People in Georgia are known for their hospitality, and invitations to brunches, showers, birthdays and graduation parties are flying around Atlanta like pollen.

As friends and family gather to celebrate milestones, it's important to make your home safe for visitors of all ages. Second only to car accidents, more people are seriously injured by slip and fall accidents than any other accident.

Adults over the age of 55 are more prone to falls, and the costs and injuries associated with falls increase with age. Injuries can also lessen a senior's ability to lead active and independent lives.

Under Georgia law, homeowners have an obligation to make sure their property is reasonably safe for visitors. Hosts may be held liable for injuries sustained on their property. Protect yourself, and your guests, by making fall preventions part of your party preparations.

Here are the top five ways to prevent a slip and fall accident in your home:

  1. Check the condition of your exterior walkways and stairs, clear away debris and repair any uneven surfaces

  2. Keep trip hazards off the floor, such as children's toys, shoes and electrical cords, and use non-skid mats to keep area rugs firmly in place

  3. Arrange furniture to create open pathways in high traffic areas

  4. Immediately clean up any slippery liquids or spills, and ensure that newly mopped floors have ample time to dry. This is especially important in springtime, as rainwater can be tracked into the house.

  5. Make sure there is adequate lighting at your home, both inside and out, especially if your guests arrived during daylight hours and stayed into the evening. If you do not have exterior lighting, offer to chaperone your guests outside with a flashlight.

If you have been injured at someone's home as a result of their negligence, or for more information on this topic, contact personal injury attorney Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of attorneys routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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