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Slip and Fall Accidents: Hazards in Public Places and Premises

Slipping and falling might sound like simple accidents, but they occur frequently enough to be a notable cause for concern. As the National Safety Council have found, accidents resulting from slips and falls are responsible for about 8.9 million emergency department visits every year. The most common victims of such accidents are people aged 55 and older. Even then, it’s important to note that slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone.

Slip and fall accidents can unfortunately happen in any place where there are hazards that people might easily miss. In some situations, they might event happen in places that people like to visit for leisure and recreation. Malls, restaurants, parks, and resorts could have hazards like slippery or wet floors, exposed wires, cracks on the floor or surface, uncovered pegs, and poor lighting along walkways that might cause injury to their patrons.

The most common type of injuries that result from slipping or falling include broken bones and fractures, torn muscles and ligaments, as well as more serious injuries to the back, neck, or head. In some situations, particularly for more elderly victims, these injuries could be severe enough to limit physical movement and capabilities.

Thankfully, these devastating outcomes can be easily avoided. For the public, it’s all about taking extra care when walking around their favorite places. Property and business owners should also do their part in mitigating the risks caused by certain hazards. One way to do that is by making sure hazards are taken care of before they can cause any damage. Keep floors dry and make sure there are signs that point attention to things like uneven flooring and exposed wires. There should also be adequate lighting in public premises. Similarly, property owners should also make sure that there are proper railings on stairs and walkways. If someone is hurt because of hazardous conditions on their property

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