Summer slip and fall accidents
Many people commonly associate slip and fall accidents with icy winter weather, but these types of cases also include a wide range of situations that occur during the warm summer months.
Summer slip and falls, like any slip and fall accidents, fall into the legal area known as premises liability. In most states, property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure their premises are safe. In the simplest of terms, this means the owner bares the obligation to inspect the property. If an injury occurs as the result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property, whether the owner knew or should have known, he or she can be held liable.
Slip and Fall Accidents & Hazards
Families take to amusement parks and water parks to cool off as the temperatures rise. While pools and slides are enjoyable, wet surfaces decrease traction making the surface slippery, which can cause serious injury. Beware of your surroundings at water parks and abide by the rules for safety. If the pool is at your home, make sure large amounts of water aren’t surrounding the pool area. The tile surrounding in-ground pools can often be very slippery. Children should be advised to walk not run.
Overgrown hedges, plants and weeds pose a slip and fall hazard and can lead to serious injuries such as a head injury or broken bone. Keep plants well cut and ensure that sidewalks and walkways are clear.
Gardening poses numerous potential tripping hazards. New holes for plants and plant beds can pose a tripping hazard as well as garden hoses and even small plants. Clearly mark new holes in the yard to avoid a fall. Keep small plants off to the side so they can’t be tripped on.
Repair work on decks and the exterior of the home is another common activity during the summer months. The process can mean that bits of debris, tools and other hazards end up on the lawn. If you hire a contractor to do home repairs, make sure he is insured. If you are working on a DIY project, clean up after your work every single time. It is also a good idea to post signs around the work area to warn neighbors and visitors that work is being done.
Get into the habit of regularly putting away tools and toys each night. These items can easily be overseen and tripped on.