Many slip and fall accidents occur when property owners fail to correct dangerous conditions that could cause people to fall.
Property owners also have the responsibility to warn people of dangers that they know exist on their properties…or even hazards that a reasonably diligent property owner should have known about. Slip and fall accidents can happen in numerous places and for a number of reasons, but studies have shown the danger is particularly acute in these locations:
1 – Job sites
Workers can slip and fall at work due to a number of causes, such as wet floors, damaged flooring, torn carpet, worn steps, loose handrails, and debris. Employees in certain industries also risk slipping and falling from unsafe ladders, scaffolding, and metal surfaces.
2 – Parking lots
Poorly maintained parking lots with cracks or holes in the asphalt can pose a risk to unsuspecting victims. If the lighting is also poor, a parking lot can become even more treacherous.
3 – Stairs
Stairs can wear with time if not properly maintained. Worn or rounded steps, as well as loose or missing handrails, frayed or loose carpeting, or poor lighting can create dangerous conditions that could cause someone to fall. In addition, debris or spilled liquids on the steps could be a danger too.
4 – Sidewalks
Cracks in the sidewalks or gaps between the sidewalk blocks can make the ground uneven.
5 – Escalators and elevators
When escalators and elevators are not maintained, they can stop or start suddenly, causing a person to fall. In addition, people could get their fingers, feet, clothes, or shoes caught in a poorly maintained escalator, resulting in a dangerous fall and serious injuries.
6 – Restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping malls
Wet floors that are not marked, spills that are not cleaned up, and debris that is left scattered around can often result in an unsuspecting customer slipping and becoming injured. Even cleaning a floor with wax or polish, if applied unevenly or in excess, can result in dangerously slippery floors. Carpets can also pose a threat when they are worn, torn, or have material that footwear can get caught on.
During a fall, people can suffer serious injuries, such as head and brain injuries, spinal and neck injuries, broken bones, and even death. This is especially true if the victim is elderly. However, injured victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries: if it can be proved that the property owner knew of and neglected to warn you about a potential hazard, they may be held liable for your injuries.
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