Slip-and-fall accidents are more serious than most people realize. In fact, they send over one million people to the emergency room each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
Sadly, despite being almost entirely preventable, slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere people walk.
Some of the most common places that slip-and-fall accidents occur include:
- Public areas. When slips and falls happen in public places, such as on a sidewalk or in a park, restroom, library or other public building, the government entity responsible for maintaining those places may potentially be held liable for injuries and other losses. A knowledgeable premises liability lawyer can advise regarding the specific challenges of seeking compensation from a government agency.
- Parking lots and parking garages. Poorly-maintained parking lots and garages may have slip-and-fall hazards such as inadequate lighting; unsafe handrails or guardrails; puddles of oil or other vehicle fluids; and cracked or uneven pavement. When someone is injured in a parking lot or garage slip-and-fall, the property owner, manager, or person in charge of maintenance may be liable.
- Office buildings. Defective or worn floors, stairways, elevators or escalators—as well as slippery floors in break rooms and bathrooms—are just a few of the slip-and-fall dangers in office buildings. An experienced premises liability attorney can help clients determine who might be liable.
- Restaurants and bars. Spilled food and drinks are common in restaurants and bars, as are inadequate lighting and defective flooring. The restaurant/bar or property owner may be liable, or may share in liability.
- Grocery and retail stores. These stores can contain numerous slip-and-fall hazards, from wet and slippery floors to defective surfaces. A skilled attorney can help clients identify the appropriate party to name in a lawsuit.
- Homes. Slip-and-fall accidents can also occur in peoples' homes. When they do, homeowners' insurance may cover the victim's injury claim.
Consult an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney
Property owners, managers, and others have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors or patrons from injury.
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, the seasoned legal team with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you understand your rights and explore your options. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free case consultation.