The dangers of a slip-and-fall accident when interior tiles are put in exterior spaces

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Your neighbor invites you over to see the new tile entryway that he built in front of his house. You’ve seen the progress, so you’re interested in the end result. You go over and see that he put a 10-foot by 10-foot square of tile looking up to his front door, extending beyond the overhang and connecting to the path that leads out to the sidewalk. 

It looks great, and he excitedly tells you that he got a good deal on the tiles because they were supposed to be used for someone else’s kitchen remodel, but they ordered too many. They sold them to him at cost just to get rid of them. 

Raising any red flags yet? It should be. It’s very important to use exterior tiles, not interior ones, when working on an exterior project. They may look the same, and the average homeowner may not know the difference, but they are decidedly different in two key ways. 

First of all, interior tiles tend to be far more slippery, rather than gritty. They don’t offer much traction. This is especially true when covered in water or ice, as his will be since they go outside of that overhang. 

Second, interior tiles are often more brittle and not rated for major temperature changes. The coldest months of the year could cause those tiles to crack and snap. Now you have a trip hazard for anybody who comes to the door, which just compounds the issue. 

If you go onto any property and someone has made this mistake, a slip and fall accident is likely. After suffering injuries in the fall, you need to know how to seek compensation. A slip-and-fall accident can leave you with broken bones, an injured back, a concussion and more. You may need to take action to protect your finances and your future. 



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