Facts About Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are a prevalent source of severe injuries and one of the leading reasons why people are admitted to hospital emergency rooms in the United States. Just taking one single careless step can cause you to slip or trip and fall, onto the floor or any other hard object.
When a slip and fall accident occurs in your home, however, your family members may be able to take care of the situation, or you can prevent it from occurring in the first place.When you are outside of your home, and are on public or private property, you should take precautions to avoid any slip or trip, and fall. A slip and fall can cause very severe injuries, and you might not have a friend or family member with you to help you get help and take control of the situation. With the help of a Slip and fall lawyer, however, you may be able to claim compensation from the owner of the private premises to cover the costs of your injuries and other damages.
Familiar Outdoor Places to Slip and Fall in:
- Wet roads and streets can be dangerous to walk on. You may slip on these surfaces.
- If you are walking on a broken path or on an uneven street, you may trip and fall.
- Ice on pathways, roads, and pavements is also a dangerous condition to walk on. Slipping in snowy areas or on icy pavement, for instance, can cause you to lose your balance. Slipping on ice can cause bone fractures and other serious injuries.
- Parking lots can become very dangerous places to walk on pretty bad during the winter. Snow melts and can create puddles down the slopes and refreeze into ice later on. You can slip on ice that may not be readily apparent to you, especially at night when it is difficult to see.
- Ice and snow can also create hazards in front of homes and other buildings. In a number of states, homeowners have a responsibility to remove snow, while in other states they may not be required to do so. In general, in states and cities that have strong winters, you need to be even more cautious and alert about your surroundings, especially the accumulation of snow, ice and water which can cause a slip and fall.
- Low light areas can be uneasy to walk through or pass by. You may not be able to see what's in your way, and you can slip or trip and fall as a result.
- Parking lot areas can have unsafe conditions if there are cracks and holes on the floor that can cause you to slip, trip or fall and possibly sprain an ankle or worse.
- Sidewalks are also a place where you may slip, trip, and fall. As the city or town mostly maintains the public sidewalk, the municipality may likely be responsible for keeping the sidewalks free of dangerous conditions that could lead to a slip and fall. For areas owned or used by businesses, the owner of the establishment could be held liable for any accidents that occur involving a customer.
How do YouPrevent a Slip and Fall Injury?
The first key step to take to avoid a slip and fall is to be careful while walking and to notice your surroundings by looking for any dangerous conditions before you move towards the direction that you are heading in. You should follow the rules below to prevent getting into an accident in areas that you are unfamiliar with.
- When you are at your workplace and you see anything that may cause an employee, customer or visitor to slip or trip and fall,, let your supervisor know immediately.
- In your own home, always keep the floors and walking paths clean, dry and clear of any objects or debris. Avoid using slippery cleaning agents, and don't leave a floor wet. If you are not at home and live with others, inform them of any dangerous conditions that could cause a slip and fall. If you are renting property from a homeowner or visit another person’s home and observe a dangerous condition, particularly in common areas, immediately notify the owner.
- Look out for caution signs at malls, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, airports, at your workplace and on other public and property. Taking extra precautions and being aware of dangerous conditions by reading signs can help you prevent a serious injury.
- If you own property or are in charge of a business, be sure to keep any walkways clean, dry and free of debris, including the sidewalk, even if the municipality doesn't do so. You may inform them about it, but don't leave it up to the authorities to prevent a slip and fall. An innocent pedestrian can slip there, and that person can include a family member, customer or friend. As the owner of the premises and sidewalk, you may be held liable for failing to prevent or remove a dangerous condition on his or her property if a person gets hurt on it as a result.
- Don't leave empty boxes, cords, wires, textiles, or any other clutter or debris on the floor, stairs, lobbies, or in any walkway of your property.
- Clean up ice and snow at the entrance and exit of your home, including the front yard, porch and sidewalk leading to your home to help prevent a slip or trip and fall.
- Use boots made with grips on the sole for walking on ice or snow to avoid tripping or slipping and falling.
- It also helps if you are cautious during inclement weather, especially in the winter, fall and rain seasons because most slip and fall accidents occur at these times
- Take extra precautions in elevators and escalators whether they are public or private, such as in your home or workplace. Many fatalities occur due to a fall from a higher elevation such as at the top of an escalator..
- Use step ladders by opening them entirely. Once the step ladder is opened, check if it is fully locked or not. Don't set it up on uneven surfaces. Wipe and remove any slippery materials from the ladder steps to avoid slipping. You can prevent a fall by following these steps.
- You can also prevent or avoid a fall by using handrails in a staircase.
What Type of Injuries Can You Expect from a Slip and Fall?
- Slip and falls cause most bone injuries in the US. Falling on the ground can cause a lot of physical damage.
- Head and brain injuries are the second most common injuries that occur due to slip and fall accidents. The damages can be severe and cause long-term health issues.
- Spinal cord injuries can occur from slipping and falling.
- You can also suffer from bone fractures and joint injuries from slipping or tripping and falling.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident, the location and owner of the premises, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation to cover the cost of your damages. A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can help you sue a property owner if you are injured on his or her property. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident on someone else’s property whether the owner of the premises is an individual, business or the government, contact our law firm to help you file a claim today.
Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin have extensive experience and expertise in handling all types of personal injury cases and in getting our clients the compensation that they deserve. We can take the appropriate steps to file your claim, represent you in court, and litigate on your behalf. Do not settle for less, call our law firm today.