A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere, at any time. By definition, a fall accident is unpredictable. However, it is important to know where falls commonly occur so that you can use extra caution in these places and so that you know to talk to a slip and fall lawyer if you are injured.
Your time to file a lawsuit is limited. Accordingly, if you have been hurt in any of the following places—or anywhere else where you think the property owner or manager caused your fall—then you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Ten Places Where Slip and Fall Accidents Commonly Occur
Many slip and fall accidents occur at, in, or on:
- Supermarkets. Slippery floors, broken shopping carts, poor maintenance and tripping hazards can make a routine trip to the grocery store end with a significant slip and fall injury.
- Stores. Retail stores with wet floors, torn carpets, poor lighting, clutter, and other hazards can create serious fall risks for customers and can cause serious injuries to result from slip or trip and fall accidents.
- Restaurants. Restaurants are busy places full of potential slip and fall hazards. Food and drink spills, wet floors, uneven flooring, and other conditions can put restaurant patrons at risk for slipping, falling and getting hurt.
- Hotels. Hotel managers could prevent some serious slip and fall accidents if they routinely and adequately inspect the hotel property, clean the hotel property and repair any dangerous conditions. If they fail to do so, then hotel guests can slip or trip and fall.
- Gyms. Wet floors, uneven flooring, broken equipment, and poorly placed electrical wires can create slip or trip and fall risks that result in gym users getting hurt instead of working out.
- Sidewalks. Icy, snowy, uneven, or broken sidewalks may all create slip and fall hazards. The abutting property owner or the municipality may be responsible for your injuries in some—but not all—conditions.
- Playgrounds. Children and adults may slip and fall on a playground, and it may just be an accident for which no one is liable. However, if the equipment was broken or poorly maintained and the visitors were not warned of the potential risks, then the owner of the playground could be legally responsible for paying damages for any fall injuries.
- Amusement parks. Unsafe rides, trip hazards, and slippery conditions may result in fall accidents for which injured amusement park visitors may recover.
- Hospitals. Patients and staff aren’t the only ones at risk of being hurt in a hospital fall. Patients and visitors who are hurt in a fall should immediately report the accident and they should know what to do to protect their rights.
- Elevators or escalators. Malfunctioning elevators or escalators can cause people to trip and fall. Property owners, elevator or escalator manufacturers, or maintenance companies may be legally responsible for any resulting injuries.
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall in any of these places, then it is possible that the property owner, manager, or maintenance company is liable for your injuries. However, in order to recover damages you are going to have to prove that someone who owed you a duty of care knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused you to fall and that this person failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn you about it prior to the fall.
You Don’t Have to Do This Alone
You can expect that the property owner or other potentially liable party is going to argue that your own negligence caused or significantly contributed to your fall injury. Accordingly, you are going to have to present convincing evidence that proves that someone else was liable for your injuries. Evidence may include:
- Surveillance video.
- Property maintenance records.
- Witness testimony.
- Medical records.
An experienced slip and fall injury lawyer can help you gather that evidence and present strong arguments to the insurance company and court to advocate for your full and fair recovery.
If your claim is successful, then you may recover damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and other costs. To find out more about what you can do to protect this recovery, please start a live chat with us now and schedule your own free, no-obligation consultation today.