Fall accidents send roughly 8.9 million people to the emergency room each year, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). As one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries, it’s important for everyone to know where the dangers lie and take the simple yet necessary precautions to prevent injuries.
Common Places for Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the NSC, the following are the places most people fall.
- Cluttered hallways
- Areas with heavy traffic
- Uneven surfaces
- Areas prone to wetness or spills
- Unguarded heights
- Unstable work surfaces
Any locations that inherently have these types of hazards mean greater risk to anyone present. Some of the common locations that people slip and fall include restaurants, grocery stores, construction sites, warehouses, hotels, hospitals and other healthcare settings, public places (e.g., parks, sidewalks, etc.), apartment buildings, and workplaces.
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Preventing Slip and Falls
The measures for preventing slip and fall accidents depend upon the venue. For instance, grocery stores and small businesses should focus on measures such as cleaning up spills straight away and ensuring the aisles are hazard-free.
Restaurants need good practices on keeping the kitchen floors free of grease and water. Hotels and other businesses should make sure the carpets and rugs are secure, and the doorjambs are flat and secure. Construction sites should avoid leaving equipment in workers’ paths and ensure all dangerous areas are blocked off. City officials should keep the playgrounds and sidewalks in good repair.
Below are a few additional measures that individuals and businesses can take to prevent slip and fall accidents.
- Make sure there are no electrical cords in high traffic areas
- Use non-skid mats
- Remove all tripping hazards
- Ensure your premises, including walkways, steps, and parking lots, are in good repair
- Report any hazards to your employer or to management
- Don’t stand on unsecure surfaces (tables, chairs with wheels, etc.)
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Seeking Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you might be eligible to file a premises liability claim. The first step will be to discuss your accident with an attorney. The attorney can determine who, if anyone, is at fault for your accident. In order to file a premises liability claim, the element of negligence must be present.
If there is a liable party, your attorney can then begin collecting evidence, filing the necessary paperwork, and help you pursue financial compensation for your damages, such as your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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Consult Our Injury Legal Team
If you’ve been in a serious slip and fall accident at a business, public location, or a worksite, call our injury attorneys in Florida at Chalik & Chalik.
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