Slip and fall injuries can happen just about anywhere. However, slip and fall accidents tend to happen at certain locations more than others. These include: stores, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, arenas,hotels & motels, retirement homes, private homes and places of work.
Stores: The management at retail stores, grocery stores, malls and shopping centers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers. This means that they should clean up spills quickly, make sure that aisles are not cluttered or blocked and that signs are posted when floors are wet and slippery following custodial work.
Restaurants: Oftentimes, both customers and employees of restaurants (especially fast food establishments) face slip and fall hazards from spilled liquids and clutter.
Theaters/Stadiums/Arenas: These public venues are normally connected by a maze of ramps, staircases, elevators and escalators. If these things are not properly maintained and/or well lit, they are often cause for slip and fall injuries. Bleachers and seating are also another cause of serious injury in theaters, stadiums and arenas.
Hotels/Motels: NSU Hospitality reports that slip and falls are the top cause of hotel injuries each year, with 70 percent occurring on flat walking surfaces.
Retirement Homes: The elderly and infirm living in nursing homes and other residential care environments are particularly vulnerable to serious injury in slip-and-fall accidents. Retirement homes should know which residents are at-risk for falling, and follow protocols for monitoring and assisting these individuals.
Private Homes: Homeowners also have responsibility for the safety of visitors. A slip-and-fall accident caused by a hole in the yard, slippery floors, a broken step or cluttered stairs at a private residence can cause serious fall injuries.
Places of Work: Federal and state regulations require employers to provide employees with training, safety equipment and other safeguards to avoid falls and injuries at construction sites, manufacturing plants, offices and other job sites. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that 85 percent of workers’ compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors.
A victim of a slip and fall accident can take legal action against the owner or renter of the property if the owner or renter is found to be negligent about fixing a property hazard or failed to warn of a hazard that could potentially cause harm to others.
Homeowners and businesses carry liability insurance to cover these types of accidents. The attorneys at Pacific West Injury Law Firm will negotiate with the insurance company to seek compensation for your losses. You should never hesitate in speaking with a personal injury attorney because you are concerned about suing a local store owner or even a neighbor. The compensation that you could potentially receive does not come out of their pocket. It comes from an insurance settlement.