Most of us have suddenly slipped or tripped and fallen down at some point, and often, we can get right back up and laugh it off. However, some slip and falls result in serious injuries, and about one million people need emergency room treatment each year in the U.S. following this type of accident.
The following are some common slip and fall scenarios, but our law firm knows that this type of accident can happen in any number of circumstances. Seek help from a Tampa slip and fall lawyer if you suffered serious injuries.
Slip and Falls in Stores
Stores are prime locations for slip and falls due to the amount of merchandise and foot traffic that comes through them on a daily basis. Store management should have procedures in place for team members to inspect for possible hazards and address hazards right away. Staff should also put up clear warning signs if a floor is wet and drying or if another hazard cannot be rectified immediately.
Unfortunately, many stores have slip and fall hazards that persist until someone suffers serious fall-related injuries. Some hazards in stores might include:
- Food or beverage items that broke and spilled
- Newly washed floors with no warning signs
- Items or debris that fell on the floor and was not picked up
- Displays that protrude into walkways
- Having slippery flooring materials
- Not properly protecting customers from the inevitable water build-up from rain
Stores should be held fully accountable when customers suffer injuries due to management’s negligence.
Slip and Falls on Stairs
If you are in a multi-story business or home and you need to use the stairs, it is possible that you might slip and fall due to the negligence of the company or property owner. There are many reasons why people might fall down the stairs, such as:
- Broken handrails
- Steps that are too steep or narrow
- Chipped or cracked steps
- Stairs with overly worn edges
- Worn carpeting or rugs covering the steps
- Improper coating or paint on the stairs
Slipping and falling down the stairs can be particularly terrifying, and the resulting injuries can be severe. Often, hitting multiple steps on the way down results in multiple traumatic injuries that require treatment.
Slip and Falls in Residential Common Areas
If you live or are visiting someone in an apartment or condo complex, the owner of the building or HOA is responsible for the upkeep of all common areas. These include the lobby, outside and inside stairs, hallways, storage areas, parking lots, and more.
Sometimes, residents or visitors slip and fall due to property hazards, and the property owner should be liable for all resulting injuries and losses. This should be covered under their property insurance policy, and you want to get the claim process started as soon as possible.
A Tampa Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Can Help
If you need a legal evaluation of your rights following a slip and fall, look no further than the Tampa slip and fall accident lawyer at Matthews Injury Law. Contact us today for more information about how we can help.