Slip and fall accidents occur every day. The resulting injuries can vary from minor bruises or broken bones to severe trauma. Someone perfectly healthy may have a slip and fall accident and suddenly face years of physical and mental pain and financial difficulties. Whether it’s due to poorly maintained stairwells or hazardous ice conditions, property owners and liable businesses are responsible for providing safe conditions for visitors. Keep reading for more important information about slip and fall accidents.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are just what the name describes—an event where someone slips and falls and suffers some injury as a result. Legal action may be possible if the injured person is on another’s property when the slip and fall occurs. A slip and fall can happen in any public place such as a store, restaurant, office, public parks, etc. Alternatively, this type of accident also may occur on private property, like a private residence or privately owned real estate.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
These incidents typically are a result of a property owner’s failure to maintain their property or failure to warn others of potential dangers, such as:
- Wet floors: Slippery floors increase the risk of falls, especially on smooth, waxed tile.
- Uneven surfaces: Concrete with large cracks, parking lots with potholes, and floors with loose boards or freestanding rugs often increase the risk of harm to visitors.
- Stray cords and wires: Pedestrians walking in areas with exposed cables and wires can easily trip over these hazardous items and suffer injury.
- Cluttered walkways: Items left blocking floors and walkways force people to maneuver around them to bypass the area. This may increase the risk of a fall and subsequent injury.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
A hip fracture can be debilitating and expensive to treat. Victims may require extended hospital stays, rehabilitation and, in some cases, hip replacements.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Falls are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from mild concussions to permanent cognitive damage. A head injury can cause chronic headaches, motor-skill impairment, and seizures.
It is easy to twist a knee, elbow, or ankle in a slip and fall accident. For this reason, slip and fall victims often suffer sprains and tears that can take months or years to heal. Broken bones often accompany sprains and tears, particularly in slip and fall accidents on hard surfaces.
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