Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents often happen when you least expect them. They’re common in public areas, workspaces, and even in private residences. In such areas, you’re protected under law to attend work and private functions in a safe manner. If the environment you’re in provides damaged floors or unsafe conditions, the property owners could be liable for your injuries. Shop owners also have the responsibility to ensure that the products and supplies they sell are genuine and trustworthy to protect customers from faulty or harmful items. If a product is proven to be faulty, you may also be eligible for product liability payments from the manufacturer of the product itself. Slip and fall attorneys and product liability lawyers are able to assist with both types of cases.
Shops and stores are a popular place for accidents to occur. When you add more guests to mix, the chances of a slip and fall happening are heightened, given the likelihood of someone to spill something or surfaces to become dirty. Whether you’re out shopping for clothing and slip on some store props, or access to the store is limited due to décor or display fixtures, you could be compensated for any injuries as a result. If a store has recently been mopped without proper signage to notify customers to take precautions, this could also be condemned as negligence on behalf of the store or store owner.
Once food and beverages are involved, slips and falls become almost unavoidable. Children drop food on the floors or previous patrons have not yet been cleaned up after, restaurants are an ultimate hotspot for clients to slip and fall. Restaurants usually have to act fast in between visitors to clean up and remove debris that could be harmful to new guests. However, if this is not maintained and done at a pace, incoming visitors may find themselves the victims of slipping and falling accidents that could have been prevented with a cleanup.
Residential Care Facilities
Residential care facilities are another place where slip and fall accidents occur often. When elderly or disabled are in the care of residential assistance, there’s always a chance for accidents to happen. As the staff of the facility is supposed to be in control of their residents, they are typically at fault when a patient becomes injured due to a slip or fall, as they should have been assisted by a professional. These cases can occur during bathing times, activities around the care facility, or in general when the resident needs to perform daily tasks and fails to do so without the help of a professional.
Private residences also hold the obligation to provide safe and welcoming environments to guests. If a visitor suffers from an injury inside a private home, the homeowner may be responsible for the accident. This occurs when floors are wet without notice or there are dangerous stairways and steps that aren’t obvious or marked for the visitors to see.