Over 6.8 million people went to the ER in 2019 because of falling down. Falling is something that everyone will do many times in their lives, and because of how common falling can be, we often forget that falls seriously injure seniors, children, and even healthy adults every year. Falls can also lead to disabilities, broken bones, paralysis, and a wide variety of other complications.
Below, we’ll look at the most frequent places where slip and fall accidents occur. This data is based on research by organizations like the National Safety Council, OSHA, the National Floor Safety Council, and our own experience as slip and fall accident attorneys in Clearwater, FL.
Because grocery stores like Publix and Whole Foods need to be restocked almost daily, it’s very common to see random boxes, carts, and other work gear in the middle of an aisle. Furthermore, accidental spills are common at grocery stores, leaving slippery substances on the floor. Even if staff mop up the floor, they might forget to post a caution sign warning customers of the wet floor. Big box stores are also common slip and fall locations.
If you’re a jogger or walker, you probably trip on the sidewalk regularly. Because of tree roots growing underneath the sidewalk and causing panels of the sidewalk to pop up as a result, these areas are a common slip and fall hazard. If you live near a fault line, the earth shifting can also cause a smooth sidewalk to get cracks and gaps. Flooding and hurricane conditions can seriously damage sidewalks, and cities rarely properly address these issues.
Stairs are a common fall hazard, which is why there are railings on public stairs and virtually any set of legally permitted indoor stairs as well. Older stairs, uneven stairs, and stairs in need of repair can create even more danger.
Unfinished Job Sites/Construction Areas
Again, an area with a lot of inherent tripping hazards will always be a higher risk—this includes unfinished spaces with workers walking around. To complete construction, maintenance, or repairs on structures, debris, spills, loose cables, and uneven surfaces are all par for the course, unfortunately.
Those Responsible for Your Injuries Are Liable— Call a Clearwater Slip & Fall Lawyer
While the above are some examples of slip and fall locations, these accidents can happen almost anywhere. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident and someone else was to blame, you do not need to pay for all your medical bills, physical therapy, and x-rays/scans by yourself. The liable business or property owner should be covering your medical expenses, as well as compensating you for lost wages and any property damage suffered.
At Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we have Clearwater slip and fall lawyers eager to help you get what you are legally entitled to under the law—fair compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.