Injuries don’t just happen in car accidents. Premises accidents happen on someone else’s property. If you or a loved one has been injured at a business or at a friend’s house because of someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to be compensated for your injuries.
Common Types of Injuries
Unfortunately, people are not always as careful as they should be. This includes employees and property owners of all kinds. Every year thousands of people are hurt because someone failed to provide a safe environment.
While all premises accidents are different, here are some of the most common injury types:
- Back Injury
- Broken Arm
- Broken Leg
- Sprained Ankle
- Ligament Damage
- Neck Injury
These injures happen in a variety of ways. One common source of injury in premises accidents is the slip and fall. When a spill doesn’t get cleaned up or even something as small as a grape is left out on the grocery store floor, unsuspecting customers may slip on the slick surface, fall, and injure themselves.
Injuries can also happen when equipment is not properly maintained. This could be anything from an amusement park ride to your neighbor’s swimming pool or trampoline. When things are not properly taken care of, people get hurt.
Difficulty in Settling Claims
It can be tough to get compensated for premises accidents. The victims of an accident are often embarrassed and try to initially minimize their pain. Statements like “I’m fine” or “It’s just a bruise” are often used against victims when they try and make a claim for an injury later.
The claims process is not as tightly regulated as car insurance claims. There is often no requirement that property owners carry liability insurance or have any minimum policy limits. Some businesses are “self-insured” meaning they pay any damages out of their own pocket and are usually reluctant to pay anything.
Premises accidents can be tough to prove because they are often easy to clean up or repair. There is often no, or only minimal, documentation of an accident. Defendants and their insurance companies also like to blame the victims for the accident. Claiming they should have been more careful.
Finding the right person to file a claim with is also difficult. There is usually no rule requiring the exchange of information in premises accidents like there is in motor vehicle accidents.
Common Types of Premises Accidents
Premises accidents can happen anywhere. People get hurt at businesses both large and small. They also are injured at private parties or when just visiting a friend’s house. Some common places where premises accidents occur are:
- Amusement Parks
- Shopping Malls
- Swimming Pools
No matter where you got hurt, if you were injured because of someone else’s mistake or carelessness, you have a right to file a claim and to be compensated.
Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement parks are great places to spend a day with the family. But, sometimes amusement parks are also a source of danger. Everything from a malfunctioning ride to a spilled drink in a store can result in innocent park visitors leaving with serious injuries.
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When you go to a stadium for a sporting event or a concert, you aren’t expecting to be in danger. However, stadiums often experience a high degree of employee turnover and poorly trained employees are a major cause of stadium accidents.
Sometimes the main event itself is also a potential hazard. People have been severely injured, and even killed, by foul balls at baseball games. Stadium pyrotechnics occasionally malfunction, causing deadly injuries
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Elevators are found in almost every building you visit. Elevators have been around for generations and are a mechanical marvel. They also need to be inspected regularly. When an elevator malfunctions people can get hurt. This may include injuries from doors that don’t open and close correctly, to people getting hurt while being pulled out of a stuck elevator.
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Escalators are almost as common as elevators. Escalators should also be regularly inspected. They are also more susceptible to mechanical malfunctions that elevators. Escalators have sharp teeth on the interlocking “stairs” that can cut anyone who falls on them. If the surface isn’t kept dry and clean, anyone could fall and get badly hurt.
Hands, especially those of children, can get crushed if caught and pulled under the stairs or the handrails.
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Shopping Mall Accidents
Shopping is one of America’s most popular pastimes. Thousands of people are injured in shopping malls each year, often due to poor maintenance of walking surfaces or failures to clean up spills.
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Swimming Pool Accidents
Public and private pools are great places to play and get some relief from the summer sun. Most people think that the biggest danger at a swimming pool is drowning. However, falls and poorly maintained equipment make up the bulk of swimming pool injuries. Recently, many pools had have problems with bacterial outbreaks that made pool visitors sick, similar to food poisoning.
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