Poor lighting in a walkway, parking lot, or stairway is a big reason someone might take a big fall. This is why it is mandatory that properties are well lit, especially in high-traffic areas. When lighting isn’t adequate, property owners could be held negligent for failing to ensure their premises are safe.
While a property owner might say that he didn’t know about the broken light or inadequate lighting, property owners are obligated to inspect their property to see if hazards exist and make timely repairs if there are hazards. If unsafe conditions exist, such as a burned out light, property owners are supposed to give adequate warning that there is such a hazard.
Many people don’t realize that poor lighting is indeed dangerous. When people move between light and dark areas, it can cause vision problems. Additionally, inadequate lighting can make it hard for someone to see where they are walking, which can increase the likelihood of someone:
These types of lighting hazards take place in stairwells, parking lots, hallways, and bathrooms in common places such as:
- Big box stores
- Apartment complexes
- Commercial buildings
Poor lights can cause someone to miss a step and fall down the stairs. Additionally, inadequate lighting can cause someone to trip over a concrete parking barrier in a parking lot. There are many ways in which someone can slip and fall due to inadequate lighting.
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident in Florida, you may have a premises liability claim on your hands. Find out how to seek compensation for your injuries and damages by calling the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with an experienced Broward County injury lawyer in a free case consultation today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].