Slip and fall accidents can occur at any time and just about anywhere. In fact, the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that they account for more than a million emergency room visits each year.
People can slip and fall in a wide range of locations, from a cracked sidewalk to even inside their own home. However, there are certain places that are known to pose a greater risk for such accidents than others, including the following:
Parking lots: Dim lighting can prevent people from seeing hazards such as barriers or uneven steps. In addition, poorly maintained areas with gaps or cracks can increase the chances of falling. Wet weather conditions are also likely to make parking lots more dangerous.
Restaurants, grocery stores and other retail stores: Wet floors, cluttered aisles, spills that are not mopped up and torn carpets are just some of the factors that can lead to customers slipping and falling in these locations. Staff have a duty to maintain premises and ensure they are reasonably safe for customers.
Work sites: Construction sites are notorious for slip and fall accidents due to scaffolding and unsafe ladders. Many jobs, such as those of plumbers or electricians, involve going to work on properties not owned by their companies. When a slip and fall accident occurs under such circumstances, it may be possible for the worker to file a premises liability claim against the property owner while also seeking workers’ compensation from their employer.
Individuals who have been hurt in a slip and fall accident due to another party’s negligence may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries. Visit the Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Personal Injury Center to learn how our personal injury attorneys can help you navigate complex premises liability laws.