Right now, most University of Evansville students are packing up their belongings and heading to their summer destinations. Some might be returning home for a summer of rest, and some may be going to entirely new cities or even countries for internships. However, in just a few short months, the campus will be busy again as students fill the halls, sorority houses, and bleachers once more.
While many are looking forward to a new year of growth, friendships, and studies, college students often overlook the possible danger they may face on a college campus. Here are a few types of personal injuries commonly seen on college campuses.
Slip and Fall Accidents
One thing you can guarantee at the University of Evansville is an icy winter. Indiana winters tend to bring a significant amount of snow and ice, which does not pair well with students rushing to class. Even if the university is quick to salt the sidewalks before students begin walking to class, the excess snow and moisture may be dragged into buildings by students’ shoes. Be sure to proceed with caution on days of poor weather.
Swimming Pool Injuries
It is the university’s responsibility to ensure that an adequate number of lifeguards are on duty to ensure the pool is safe. However, many university injuries still revolve around the pool. When utilizing the school’s pool and gym, it is essential that you exercise caution and avoid any dangerous activities. Always walk, never run, around the pool itself to avoid a slip and fall accident.
Student assaults are an extremely unfortunate, but they are still a common occurrence on college campuses. They occur in multiple public areas including parking lots, sports stadiums, libraries, and dorms. Schools have attempted to combat this by providing better lighting, cameras, and security. However, if possible, it is advised that students still avoid traveling anywhere alone, especially at night. If you must travel alone, for whatever reason, it is important that you proceed with caution.
Who Is Responsible?
For any of the examples above, the university may be held responsible for your injury. When parents send their children to college, it is the university’s responsibility to ensure that the campus is as safe as possible for each and every individual. This means clearing sidewalks of ice, ensuring pool and gym safety, and yes, even monitoring the parking lots to prevent possible assaults. If you were injured on school premises because the university failed to provide a safe environment, the university could likely be held responsible for your personal injury.
Help from an Evansville Personal Injury Attorney
No student enters a new semester considering the possibility that they may fall victim to a personal injury. However, this is an unfortunate reality for many college students. If you were injured because your college failed to ensure a safe environment for you and your fellow classmates, you could be entitled to compensation. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation, or contact us online.