A slip-and fall-accident can happen almost anywhere. You could be walking down the aisle at the grocery store when you slip on a patch of tiles that were aggressively polished, for instance, or you could be walking down the hallway at a hotel when you trip on a rug at the top of the stairs. You’re almost always only a split-second away from a dangerous fall, which is why these accidents lead to so many injuries every year.
That said, there are some areas where more slip or trip accidents take place. By knowing where these are, you can take extra caution or avoid the areas altogether. Some of the main locations are:
- Near drinking fountains, where water can slash or drip on the floor
- Near soap dispensers, such as those in a public restroom
- In food service areas like a kitchen, a freezer or a dish-washing station
- Close to ice machines or a buffet, where other guests can spill
- Close to the front entrance of almost any building if it is rainy, muddy or snowy outside
You also want to watch out for slip-and-fall hazards on the stairs. There may not be more of them, per se, but the consequence of falling is far greater. A loose rug at the top of the stairs, for instance, could send you falling down 10 feet of steps, rather than just tripping and catching yourself, as you would on a level surface. A fall like that can put you in the hospital.
If you do get badly injured on someone else’s property, it is important to understand all of the legal options you have to seek compensation.