Places Where You Risk Having a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents happen in a variety of places, and for many people, the resulting injuries can cause chronic pain and limitations on their ability to work and perform daily activities. Injuries from slip and fall accidents include back and neck damage, traumatic brain injury, and even paralysis. An experienced premises liability attorney can help you hold the business or property owner accountable for compensation to aid in treatment and recovery.
Where Could You Injure Yourself in a Slip and Fall Accident?
People injure themselves in these situations when property owners and businesses fail to clean up slippery areas, repair hazardous conditions, or place warning signs where dangerous slip and fall risks exist. Some common places where these accidents occur include:
- Stores. Managers and employees at grocery stores, malls, shopping centers, and other retail outlets have a duty to clean up spills and keep floors and aisles free of debris and boxes. They also must put up notices to warn people of slippery areas, defects in flooring, or other hazards they can't get to right away.
- Restaurants. Eateries are dangerous environments when remains of food, drink, and other debris aren't cleaned up immediately. An unsuspecting guest can also trip and fall on cracked flooring, worn carpet, or icy or wet entranceways. In addition, bathrooms in restaurants and other public places present a fall hazard when leaks aren't repaired, toilet paper and other debris are strewn on the floor, and spills of water and soap aren't cleaned up.
- Theaters and stadiums. Theaters and stadiums are often accessed by ramps, stairways, elevators, and escalators. If they're not maintained well or don't have adequate lighting, a guest could have an accident, such as getting his clothes or body parts caught in an escalator. Stairs to bleacher and theater seats should also be clean and debris-free.
- Parks and playgrounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children under 14 years old are treated at emergency rooms for playground injuries each year. These accidents usually happen when playground equipment isn't maintained, holes are left on the grounds, or employees fail to pack up and secure landscaping tools.
- Nursing and retirement homes. Staff members must be especially vigilant to keep floors free of spills and debris, as elderly residents have an added risk of falling. Cords to medical equipment in a resident’s room also present a dangerous tripping hazard.
- Office buildings. Employees and visitors at office buildings can slip and fall when there's damaged flooring material, broken or improperly-secured handrails, darkened stairwells, and other unmaintained areas of public access. Determining who the liable party is at this location can be challenging, because there's a need to clarify who's responsible for building upkeep: the property owner, or the business leasing the property.
- Workplaces. Elevated and same-level slips, trips, and falls happen in a variety of work areas. Elevated accidents occur on sites where employees frequently use ladders, catwalks, rooftops, scaffolding, and so on. Same-level accidents are common at ground level. Virtually any workplace—not just dangerous places such as construction sites—poses the danger of a slip and fall accident to employees, customers, and vendors.
- Private homes. Homeowners have a duty to their guests to keep their property in a safe condition and free of slip and fall hazards. When they fail to do so, they could be responsible for compensating a victim for his injuries.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you must prove that the business or property owner’s negligence caused your injuries in order to obtain the compensation you deserve. You'll need the help of an experienced premises liability attorney to do this. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with Alan Morton.