Slip and fall accidents can happen to any one of us at any given time. According to the, nearly 1 million people are admitted to the emergency room due to injuries from slips and falls each year. While the severity of these injuries can vary, they can cause serious, or even permanent, damage. These accidents can be caused by something as simple as a wet floor or uneven ground– let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of slips and falls.
We all know how weather can play a part in our safety that’s out of our control. Rain, snow, sleet, ice, you name it, can cause a slip and fall no matter what prevention measures are taken. Other slippery conditions are usually ‘man-made’, such as spills, leaks, or even recently mopped floors.
SURFACE AND TRIPPING HAZARDS
Oftentimes these conditions are accidents waiting to happen, even though we can usually see the hazard with our own eyes. These surfaces range from uneven or broken pavement, potholes, debris, or any kind of floor obstruction like cords or loose floorboards.
While most of us regularly use stairs, tripping up or down them can happen easily even when they’re constructed correctly. The danger of slipping and falling only increases when stairs are defective or obstructed. It’s important to use the handrails and take your time on the stairs to avoid any falls.
Believe it or not, basic footwear can be a major cause of a slip and fall accident. Whether it’s from ill-fitted shoes or lack of traction and slip resistance, what we wear on our feet can play majorly into a potential injury from a slip and fall.
It’s difficult to determine the legal responsibility of a property owner when it comes to personal injuries like slips and falls, but Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers is here to help.