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Our Des Moines Lawyers Describe Common Places Where Falls Occur

Where victims are most likely to be injured in Iowa

A fall can result in serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord damage, fractures, herniated disks and soft-tissue injuries. These falls can almost always be prevented if commercial and residential owners act responsibly and in accordance with Iowa laws.

The Hope Law Firm, PLC can investigate your claim and answer your slip and fall questions. We develop case strategies focused on recovering the maximum possible damages. Our team pursues defendants of all types, including owners of grocery stores, office buildings, retail outlets, entertainment companies and residential buildings.

Supermarkets and big-box stores

Myriad slip, trip and fall hazards can occur in grocery stores, so the employees should adequately and regularly inspect the premises for broken and spilled products. Spilled liquid and dropped food creates substantial risk of slips and falls in supermarket aisles. Other hazards include:

  • Over-stacked shelves
  • Display cases that obstruct aisles
  • Tall, heavy items that can topple

Big-box stores make profits by selling a lot of items, including electronics, clothing, auto parts and food. They pack as much as they can into the space, so these stores tend to be chaotic and precarious. Customers commonly encounter hazards in these discount stores.

Parking lots and pedestrian pathways

Iowa winters are harsh, with snow, ice and slush being the norm. Businesses are responsible for keeping their premises clear of these weather-related slip and fall hazards:

  • Ice, snow, slush or wetness from rain
  • Cracked or uneven concrete
  • Potholes
  • Slick surfaces
  • Oil or debris
  • Overgrown tree roots

Business owners are responsible for repairing tripping hazards but parking lots, pedestrian pathways and stairs often present fall risks.

Falls from heights

Falls from even one or two stories can result in severe or fatal injuries. Higher levels almost always result in death. Yet, these fall risks exist in residential apartment buildings, hotels, college dormitories, shopping centers, sports arenas and other public places:

  • Poorly designed balconies and porches
  • Loose, shaky railing
  • Missing guardrails
  • Low railings on escalators and walkways
  • Open windows with no security features
  • Broken stairwell steps and railings

Children often do not appreciate the dangers of height and other hazards, so property owners owe a duty to implement increased safety measures in places frequented by children. Potential fall risks to children include:

  • Playground equipment with insufficient padding underneath
  • Windows of apartment buildings that are missing safety features
  • Pool decks and locker rooms with unreasonably slick surfaces
  • Unsecured carpeting on school grounds, at camps or in retail stores
  • Poorly designed, maintained or supervised amusement park rides
  • Trampolines and other inherently dangerous play equipment

If you or your child was injured because of unsafe property conditions, we can help.

Pursue damages from the company who owns the property on which your slip, trip or fall occurred

The Hope Law Firm, PLC represents accident victims throughout Iowa, including in the Des Moines and West Des Moines communities. Our premises liability lawyers hold the negligent corporations, business owners and residents accountable for injuries resulting from negligent conditions on their property. If you were injured in a fall, call our law firm at 515.255.3559 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. We handle cases on contingency, so there is no risk in pursuing the compensation you deserve.

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