Whether you take a leisurely walk down the city sidewalks or stroll through the aisles of your favorite store, slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere. When they do, you can receive permanent injuries.
Preventing these accidents may be easier when you know where the hazards could be, and you take caution in those situations.
While sidewalks give people a safe space away from moving vehicles, the pathways still have other hazards. During rain and snow storms, the flat surfaces become slick, making it easy to lose traction and fall. It is the responsibility of home and business owners to keep the sidewalks around their properties clear from danger. If you slip due to poor upkeep, you may seek damages from the home or business owners.
Another area where frequent slips occur is in stairwells. According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, more than 1 million people sustain injuries from slipping on stairs. Staircases are dangerous for several reasons, including:
- Improper lighting
- Slippery surfaces
- Unsecured handrails
- Loose stair coverings
- Broken or chipped stairs
Building owners are responsible for maintaining stairwells and removing or repairing dangers that lead to falls.
Finally, keep your eyes on the floors around your home and businesses to watch for spills. Liquid, especially oily substances, makes it easier to lose traction and fall. Companies have the duty of keeping floors clear of hazards for customers.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to permanent injuries. Knowing who to hold responsible allows you to file a lawsuit to recover damages.