Where Slip-and-Fall Accidents Usually Occur
Prevent slip-and-fall accidents – pay attention to your surroundings
A slip-and-fall accident can occur almost anywhere people walk. Unfortunately, these accidents lead to injuries almost every day. Businesses and personal property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and up to date, but they do not always do so. A fall may just give you bumps and bruises, but too often falling down leads to significant injuries: concussions, surgeries, spinal injuries, or hip and joint injuries. Keep an eye out for these common places for slip and fall injuries to occur.
1. Parking Lots
Parking lots see a lot of traffic and a great deal of weather issues. An open lot often develops cracks, potholes, and uneven wear over time, all of which can make walking treacherous. Add in the perils of ice and rain that you can expect in the Madison area, and accidents will happen.
2. Rugs and Mats
Rugs and mats in place in or outside a building can provide higher risks of tripping. Any edges or torn sections create a chance to trip, and rugs or mats that are loose on the ground can easily slip under your feet.
3. Entrances and Exits
Areas where you enter a building tend to collect tracked moisture and ice, as well as spilled beverages. All of this creates the potential for slippery surfaces that can lead to accidents.
Tripping or slipping on stairs can cause dangerous falls. This can be a tumble down the stairs or a forward fall into a hard, edged surface. Stairs that are not properly maintained create a hazard for anyone walking on them.
5. Poorly Lit Areas
Changes in lighting make it difficult to see uneven surfaces or other hazards that can lead to missteps, slips, trips, and falls. If a property owner does not maintain proper lighting, it can lead to preventable injuries.
Property owners, whether business or residential, have a duty to safely maintain their property. If you have been injured in a slip and fall in the Madison area, contact the professionals at Eisenberg Law Offices today.