What are common places where slip and fall accidents occur?

Slip and fall accidents tend to be some of the most surprising accidents because they can happen anywhere at any time. A quick trip to the market or even the gym could become a visit to the emergency room, and it all happens in the blink of an eye. The following are common places for slips, trips and falls:

  • Shopping centers and grocery stores
  • Gyms
  • Restaurants, bars and clubs
  • Sports arenas and stadiums
  • Hotels and inns
  • Public restrooms
  • Sidewalks, escalators and curbs
  • Homes of family, friends and neighbors
  • Driveways, parking lots and parking garages
  • Work
  • Swimming pools
  • Construction areas

What are some common slip and fall injuries

Minor slip and fall incidents happen frequently around the house and other places, but sometimes slip and fall accidents can be severe. In extreme cases, it can be fatal. Below are some serious personal injuries related to slip and fall accidents:

  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Facial injuries
  • Scars
  • Broken bones
  • Brain trauma and traumatic brain injuries

What does premises liability mean?

Premises liability is the legal responsibility property owners have for injuries occurring on their property because of slip and fall accidents and other incidents. If a person slips, trips or falls due to a dangerous or hazardous condition, the property owner may be held responsible. Typically, property owners can be held accountable for accidents that occur because of ice and snow, water, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting or hidden hazards.

In order for a property owner to be held liable for injuries from a slip and fall accident, one of the following must be true:

  • The owner of the property or an employee must have known about the treacherous condition but did nothing to correct it. An example of this would be homeowners who fail to remove snow or ice from their properties in a reasonable amount of time. Visitors who slip and fall on the property could hold them liable.
  • The owner of the property or an employee should have been aware of the hazardous condition. For example, landlords who are informed multiple times about hazardous steps on one of their properties may be held liable if tenants are injured because landlords should routinely inspect their properties for safety hazards.

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