With summer being right around the corner, people will start to enjoy outdoor activities, such as walking their dogs, strolling through the park or having a dip in the local public pool. So, what happens if you slip and fall in one of these places?

Most people will, most likely, answer “nothing”. They would chalk it up to a bad day and move on. But sometimes, a person could be seriously injured from the fall. Public places have a responsibility to prevent these accidents from happening.

What falls under a personal injury claim?

Public slip-and-fall accidents can occur if a property owner doesn’t maintain the environment. If a person slips and injures themselves in a public setting, such as a park, store or even a college campus, the reason for the fall is most important. Some examples of potentially dangerous conditions are torn carpeting inadequate lighting and wet floors. If so, you may be able to work with a personal injury lawyer and file a claim.

The most common types of slip-and-fall injuries are:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Spinal cord injuries

If a person receives any of these types of injuries while in a public setting, it’s important to look into filing a personal injury claim.

What can you do?

Make sure that you take pictures of what caused you to slip and fall. It’s also important to document the time and place the accident occurred, and what exact injuries you received from the fall. If the accident happened outside, it may be helpful to document the weather at the time. If you received medical care, keep the hospital bills you received.

To be considered for a personal injury claim, an injury must have occurred. Therefore, just a trip on carpet would not be eligible to file a claim.

When you’ve experienced a fall, it can cause serious long-lasting injuries. Stop chalking up serious injuries to a bad day. Instead, know your rights and collect benefits to cover the damages that were caused in a public setting.