Slip and fall injuries can occur at any time, and in any place. Even benign-looking locations can turn into dangerous situations under the right conditions – between wet surfaces, uneven flooring, and more.
Take a look at some of the most common locations where slip and fall injuries occur.
On the Sidewalks
Walking down the street can take a dangerous turn if there are obstacles that can cause you to fall. Some hazards to avoid include gaps in the sidewalk, large cracks, and uneven surfaces. Other obstacles you might encounter are items left on the sidewalks, like a hose or sprinkler, that can cause you to fall and hurt yourself.
While you might worry about auto theft or other dangers when parking in a lot, it can also cause potential slip and fall risks. If the area is not properly lit it can lead you to trip and injure yourself. Also, cracks in the lot surface, holes in the asphalt, and other obstacles can lead to dangerous consequences and trip and fall injuries.
Perhaps one of the potential dangers you are most aware of regarding slip and fall injuries is stairs. Staircases can cause serious injuries if you fall down the steps, especially in the following situations:
- If the steps are not properly maintained, it can lead to wear and tear that can lead you to fall.
- If there is carpeting on the steps that becomes loose or frayed, that can also present an obstacle.
- If the stairwell is not properly lit, it can lead you to miss a step and fall.
- If there is any moisture or other substances on the stairs, it can lead to a fall.
While you might think taking an escalator is safer than the stairs, there are other dangers to be aware of with escalators. If the unit is not properly maintained, it can malfunction (such as stopping suddenly) and lead to injuries. There is also the risk of getting clothing, fingers, hands, or other items stuck in the system. If this happens, you could fall and suffer a serious injury.
Busy retail locations are hazardous. With customers walking through aisles and walkways, products and clothing items can fall in your path, causing you to trip. Spills at a restaurant can go unnoticed, leading you to slip and fall. These areas are also cleaned regularly, so a wet floor from mopping – if not marked – can be dangerous and lead to serious injuries. Older flooring that is uneven or ripping can also create dangerous obstacles.
An office building can cause slip and fall injuries. Aging flooring or wet unmarked surfaces can lead to slippery conditions. Older carpeting can rip and start to bubble, leading to tripping hazards. Wet flooring (especially tile, wood, or linoleum) can become slippery and lead to dangerous falls, as well.
On-the-job accidents can also occur – especially for those who work at construction sites. Uneven ground and flooring can be tripping hazards, ladders can cause falls, and unstable structures can lead to serious injuries.
What To Do If You’re in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you are injured in a slip and fall incident, it’s important to immediately seek legal representation. A personal injury lawyer can help you correctly document the scene, record the proper information, and take the right steps after a fall to help your legal case.
We Can Help With Slip and Fall Injuries
If you’re in a slip and fall accident, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities.
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