A slip and fall can happen anywhere, at any time. However, there are certain places where slips and falls are more likely to occur. To avoid slipping and falling, it's essential to be aware of where these accidents usually occur. Read on to learn about the most common places for slips and falls.
Where Do Slips and Falls Occur?
Property owners owe a certain duty of care to those who venture onto their premises. This means that they must take measures to ensure the safety of those who are on their property. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, the property owner may be held liable for the accident. Common places for slips and falls include:
Wet Floors in Stores
One of the most common places for a slip and fall is in a store, particularly when the floors are wet. This can happen when:
- Someone spills something.
- When the cleaning crew washes the floor without putting up proper signage.
- Someone slips due, in part, to a store having no dry mat (i.e., if it is raining outside).
- An employee does not have slip-resistant shoes.
If you're in a store and you see water on the floor or recognize the potential for slips, beware! It's best to avoid that area and immediately contact the property owner or someone in charge and wait until it's been cleaned up properly.
Another place where people frequently slip and fall is on an uneven sidewalk. This can be caused by several things, such as a tree root growing under the concrete or a crack in the sidewalk that hasn't been repaired yet. If you're walking on a sidewalk and you see an area that looks like it might be dangerous, avoid it or go around if possible.
Are Property Owners Responsible for Sidewalks?
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of their property. However, this is not always the case. Missouri's 50-50 Sidewalk Program allows eligible property owners to split the costs of sidewalk repair. Additionally, if sidewalk damage is a result of a city tree (like in the example above), the city will pay for 100 percent of the repair. If you notice an uneven looking sidewalk, it's best to err on the side of caution and find a way around it.
Ice and Snowy Steps
In the wintertime, one of the most dangerous places to walk is on icy or snow-covered steps. When ice or snow accumulates on steps, it can create a very slick surface that can cause you to lose your footing and fall. If you have to walk on icy or snowy steps, be sure to take your time and be extra careful. Wear shoes with good traction to help prevent slipping.
Kolker Law Firm Can Help You Recover From Negligent Property Owners
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by the negligence of a property owner, Kolker Law Firm can help. We have experience representing injured people in slip and fall cases, and we know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you are seeking compensation for a slip, trip or fall that resulted in injury, contact us today at (314) 684-8285 or fill out our form online.