SLIP/TRIP AND FALLS- SPILLS, LEAKS, SLIPPERY FLOORS, DEFECTS, POTHOLES, ETC:
If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident, you are not alone. While many slip-and-fall accident victims walk away with nothing worse than minor bruises, this type of accident can cause life-changing injuries. Broken bones are common, particularly among the elderly who are prone to suffer serious hip fractures. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur virtually anywhere: while shopping in a grocery store, eating in a restaurant. As a victim of a slip-and-fall accident caused by property negligence, you have the right to claim compensation for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Parking lots and sidewalks. It’s difficult to keep a parking lot or sidewalk from freezing over, especially during a cold winter. Icy sidewalks can result in a dangerous situation, and property owners have a duty to maintain their lots and premises in a safe manner. Uneven pavements can also be dangerous. A skilled attorney can assist if you’ve been injured on a sidewalk.
Steps. Loose, uneven or worn-out steps are another common hazard. Property owners need to maintain stairways that are completely safe for customers and guests, including installing handrails.
Stores. Slippery floors and blocked walkways are also highly dangerous for customers and workers. Business owners must ensure they block off surfaces that have recently been cleaned to prevent people from accidentally slipping and falling. Business owners must also make sure there is adequate lighting outside the premises, especially in the parking lot.
Restaurants. In a food service setting, it’s likely that food or liquids may fall onto the floor, creating a slippery surface. Restaurant staff should clean up spills and dropped food as quickly as possible to keep the hazards to a minimum.
Public transit. Falls are also quite common on mass transit. You may need to seek compensation from the agency in charge of public transportation if you’ve been injured on a bus or train.