Everyone has tripped over something before, and a lot of the time you can walk away from the accident with minor embarrassment. When the injury is very serious, you might have grounds to talk to a personal injury attorney about a slip and fall case. Whether you were hurt because of a short fall, a long one, or the instinctive reaction you had trying to catch yourself, if you’ve been hurt in a public place, it’s possible to recover damages for your injuries.
Where you were injured can change everything from the kinds of damages that are available to you to the liability rules: a good personal injury attorney will be able to help you form a strong case. Here are 8 places where slip and fall injuries are common and why.
1. Parking Lots and Garages
Anything could happen as you’re walking to and from your car. Depending on the hours that you’re out and how well a lot is maintained, there might not be a lot of light for you to see hazards. Outdoor parking lots and those that haven’t had any recent touch-ups could be cracked, uneven, and have potholes. Wheel stops that are meant slow traffic could also trip you and potentially lead to injuries.
2. The Workplace
Depending on how and where you get injured at work, worker’s compensation could cover at least part of your damages. However, some cases of employer negligence could mean that the case becomes a slip and fall one.
In certain industries, there are a lot of hazards ranging from slick surfaces to narrow pathways. An employee who wasn’t trained properly in a dangerous industry like manufacturing or construction might also have a case if they were injured doing something that was not adequately explained. A personal injury attorney would be able to tell you if your case falls under Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws or if it’s a personal injury case.
3. Sidewalks and Walkways
Defective sidewalks, or those that haven’t been repaired or maintained in some time, could present tripping hazards from cracks or potholes. Certain weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can make walking on outdoor walkways a safety risk: in snowy or icy seasons, the property owner is responsible for making sure their walkways are properly shoveled and iced for the safety of the people entering and leaving his business.
4. Hotels and Resorts
Like any business, hotels and resorts need to take action to ensure their guests remain safe. However, they are places that see a lot of foot traffic. Anything from loose carpeting to wet floors can be a hazard where you’re staying.
5. Public Spaces with Wet Surfaces
Public swimming pools, parks, gyms, and even public restrooms can pose a lot of risk for slips and falls. All of those public spaces have the capacity for wet floors and surfaces.
6. Bars and Restaurants
A nice meal or a few drinks could turn into an accident if the restaurant you’re eating at has debris on the floor. Food and drinks end up on restaurant floors all the time, and a particularly slippery dish could result in a fall.
7. Grocery Stores and Other Retailers
Slip and fall cases with a retailer defendant are particularly complex when it comes to proving responsibility. If you want to seek a settlement in a case like this, a personal injury attorney will be able to help you navigate the particulars.
Slip and fall cases can arise from any of the following situations:
- Unmarked wet spots from freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Loose floorboards
- Messy floors from merchandise, such as clothing, food, or beverages
- Leaks from a broken refrigerator or freezer
Regardless of where they are, staircases can cause various injuries due to a couple reasons:
- Steps are wet and icy from weather conditions
- Staircases were poorly constructed
- Staircases were not maintained
- Staircases either don’t have handrails or are not maintained
Ready to Talk about Your Slip and Fall Case?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a public space from a slip or fall, you may have a premises liability case. These kinds of cases are notoriously difficult to settle because of the perception that so many of them are fraudulent. The premises liability attorneys at Indianapolis law firm Wilson Kehoe Winingham want to help make sure that you get back on your feet. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out a contact form for more information. Consultations are always free.