Owners have a duty to maintain their properties from hazards and dangers. This includes making sure that there is adequate lighting to keep tenants, residents, and visitors safe while walking on the grounds. When a light bulb burns out or a light is broken and reported, the property owner or manager has a duty to fix the problem to reduce the hazard.
Property owners can do this by:
- Quickly putting out warning signs letting people know there is a lack of lighting
- Fixing the light as soon as possible
- Roping off the area where there is poor lighting until a repair is made
When property owners fail to do this or make any type of resolution to the hazard, someone can slip and fall and suffer an injury. When a lack of lighting occurs in certain areas such as the stairwell, injuries can be serious, including:
- Fractured ankle
- Broken bones
- Dislocated hip
- Herniated disc
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Poor lighting can be very hazardous and cause unnecessary injuries. While it may seem obvious, dark stairways, parking lots, walkways and other areas on properties are dangerous, but people take lighting for granted. When poor lighting exists, people may not realize just how dangerous walking around a property can be, especially if there are hidden dangers that can’t be seen in the dark. Every step someone takes on grounds that are poorly lit can result in a slip and fall injury in Florida.
There could be holes in the grass, broken stairs or handrails, missing floor boards, cracks in the sidewalk, snags in the carpet, or other hidden hazards that cannot be seen when a premises is dark. When it is dim, it can also be difficult to see liquid spills, loose gravel, debris, or other hazards that could make a slip and fall accident in Florida more likely.
If you have been injured as a result of anything mentioned above, you may have a legal claim. To find out about your rights and remedies, contact a skilled slip and fall injury lawyer in South Florida at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation today.