Slip and fall accidents are extremely common occurrences. However, a simple mistake could have severe consequences. Tripping or falling can happen any time and anywhere. A victim of a fall accident can instantly suffer such serious injuries as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, a broken bone, or worse. Additionally, a slip-and-fall accident can quickly lead to medical costs and other losses that can cause financial stress. A slip and fall injury may seem like no one’s fault, but it is often due to a property owner’s negligence. Here are some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents.
Wet or Slippery Floors
A wet floor is one of the top causes of slips and falls in public areas such as grocery stores and restaurants. Liquids, drinks, and food on the floor can make for a suddenly slippery surface. In bathrooms, a leaky faucet could create a hazard for an unsuspecting customer that could potentially injure a customer. Employees are even more likely to suffer a slip and fall accident at work, as they are constantly moving around and often carrying things in their hands. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that the floors are clean and clear of any obstacles. Unfortunately, property owners and store managers do what they are required to do. When safety measures are not followed, it is the public that ends up paying the price.
Icy Walkways and Parking Lots
The accumulation of snow during the winter months can lead to patches of ice around properties, such as the sidewalks and parking lots. Black ice can be particularly hazardous as it blends into the asphalt and is difficult to see, even when walking. Property owners need to take the proper measures to keep their businesses safe. This includes shoveling snow and salting any patches of ice around the entrance.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Unfortunately, slips and falls are all too common, and anything could be a tripping hazard. The majority of these accidents are caused by common items we encounter every day. Unfortunately, landlords, property owners, and store managers often do not take care of their properties as they should. Small hazards usually get ignored until it is too late. Common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Icy sidewalks
- Uneven carpeting
- Cluttered walkways
- Broken concrete
- Wet floors
- Food spills
- Loose handrails
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