Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and falls, and is injured on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accidents fall under the category of premises liability and these types of cases are often very complicated when trying to determine fault and whether conditions were indeed hazardous.
The law requires that property owners use reasonable care in the management of their premises and avoid exposing others to an unreasonable risk of harm, such as a slip and fall or a trip and fall. Therefore, property owners may have a duty to reasonably inspect for any unsafe conditions on their premises and either to repair or give adequate warning of conditions that pose a risk of harm to others.
Frequently, a victim does not even realize that he or she has been the victim of a personal injury accident. Therefore, it is important to recognize some of the common places where slip and fall accidents occur.
Grocery Stores / Retail Stores: Liquid spills are often not cleaned up in a timely manner, leading to a slip. Boxes and merchandise may be left in the aisles or stored on high shelves and fall, causing a customer to trip and fall.
Sidewalks: Sidewalks can be a slip and fall hazard because they are covered with ice in the winter or because they are full of cracks that cause a victim to trip and fall.
Escalators/Elevators: Both escalators and elevators can be difficult to get into or on under the best of circumstances. If a mechanical malfunction causes the escalator to move slower or faster, or causes the elevator to fail to stop exactly level with the floor, a victim can easily trip and fall.
Parking lots: Parking lots can be full of debris or spills that can be a hazard to anyone walking through them. In addition, the winter months can bring ice and snow, increasing the risk of a slip and fall.
Restaurants/Bars: Anywhere food is served poses a slip and fall hazard. When alcohol is also served, the risk of a fall is magnified.
Stairs: Loose handrails, worn carpeting, or unsecured runners can cause a slip and fall accident on stairs.
There is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident it is important to file an accident report. A slip and fall accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed both the accident and the conditions that caused the slip and fall. If a report is not completed at the business location or if the accident occurred at a private location a slip and fall attorney will ask you to compile a record of what happened to you. Call San Diego Injury Law Center Toll (619) 338-8230 for Free Advice. We are here to help.