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Understanding the risks of slip-and-fall accidents 

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Perhaps you take every possible measure to keep yourself safe. You may opt not to drive so that you can avoid an accident. Potentially dangerous activities such as motocross or skateboarding may be off-limits for you. 

Despite your best efforts, there is simply no way to negate every single risk of injury. Every day, probably without thinking, you will navigate walkways where there is a possibility of you falling. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen to anyone in any place, that’s what makes them so dangerous. 

Nonetheless, there are a few places that you should look out for especially, and these are outlined below:

Stairways and escalators

Buildings that have multiple floors require stairs and escalators. It’s unavoidable. If you encounter a stairway with a loose or uneven step, then you are at risk of falling. Whether it is a publicly owned or private building, if members of the public have access, then the owners of the premises have a responsibility to ensure that carpet is not ill-fitting and that suitable guardrails are in place. 

For many people, there is a split second of anxiety before stepping onto an escalator. Although they are efficient, they are also potentially dangerous. They tend to be made of sharp and solid material, and if they suddenly malfunction, it is likely that this will result in a person losing balance and falling over.  

The sidewalk

Whether you’re in a city or a smaller settlement, the sidewalk grants you a safe passage to explore on foot or carry out your daily activities. However, it’s not safe if it is in disrepair. A cracked sidewalk will take you off guard, and you could end up having a nasty fall. 

While you needn’t worry every second of every day, you do need to be wary of accidents sometimes. If you have fallen and suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, there may be legal options open to you to help you recover your losses.

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