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Poor lighting can contribute to slip-and-fall accidents

Business and facilities in the state of Nevada and across the United States have an obligation to keep their premises free of hazards. Poor lighting or hazards left on the floor during maintenance can result in slip\-and\-fall accidents. A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit after claims that poor lighting caused him to fall down a flight of stairs and fracture his leg.

The plaintiff was working on a renovation project as a plumber at a school district. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff fell while walking down a staircase to retrieve some tools. Allegedly, the plaintiff suffered a broken femur from the fall, which required surgery. 

The plaintiff claimed that the staircase was poorly lit, which caused him to fall. The school district countered that it did not receive any complaints about lighting in the stairwell. However, a co-worker apparently noticed the day before the accident that there was no bulb in the light at the bottom of the stairs, supporting allegations that poor lighting could have contributed to the fall. The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

When businesses or property owners fail to take appropriate precautions to prevent hazardous conditions, they could be held responsible financially. Injuries from accidents can often lead to substantial time away from work as well as numerous medical expenses. Nevada residents who have been involved in slip-and-fall accidents may have the right to take legal action. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief to offset accrued medical expenses and related damages.

Source: poststar.com, "Slip-and-fall lawsuit against Queensbury school district can proceed", Michael Goot, March 6, 2017

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