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common causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents

Wet Floors

In shopping centers, for example—While the supermarket employees are required to put up “Caution, Wet Floor” signs, they may not yet be aware of the spill.

Inclement Weather

There may be black ice or slick pavement due to a recent rain. Walk carefully when you step onto public sidewalks and outside passageways.

Spilled Liquids

“Wet” slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common. If a liquid remains spilled long enough for the employees to notice before an injury occurs, but not even a caution sign was posted, then there may be a strong case against the business or property owner.

Dropped Items

This is one reason to always have good lighting on the property. In a busy work environment, such as a warehouse or kitchen, dropped items are a common hazard. Floors should be kept clear. Items must never be left on stairs or in walkways, even temporarily. If a worker carries a bulky load of materials, he or she may have blocked vision and could easily trip over anything left in the way.

Cracked/Uneven Surfaces

Some places are not smooth, nor easy to navigate. If you are prone to falling, take a moment to look at the ground before you attempt to walk across it. Even sidewalks can become cracked and uneven. Make sure you pick up your feet enough to clear the area and avoid slips, trips, and falls.

Unprotected Wires/Hoses

Power cables, phone cords, and other wires should run behind walls and carpets or be otherwise secured for the safety of all property visitors. The last thing any business or property owner wants is to run wires across passageways or to leave them lying around waiting to be tripped on.

Yard Waste

There may be fallen tree limbs or other yard waste lying around. Stepping on fallen leaves can be a danger all its own. There is often moisture under the leaves, and this can cause your feet to go right out from under you.
* While these are not the only possible causes, these are very common.

potential injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents

01

Fractured Hip

Falling can put a twist on the bone which attaches your leg to your body, resulting in a broken hip bone. These injuries are very painful and often slow to heal.

Concussion

Hitting your head in a fall can lead to serious brain swelling. Beware if you see stars or black out; these can be signs of minor to major concussion.

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Broken Arm

Anyone who has ever had to endure weeks and weeks in a cast knows that breaking an arm is no fun!

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Chronic Back Pain

Often resulting from spinal misalignment, chronic back pain can lead to other problems such as loss of sleep, inability to work, and eventual nerve damage. Be sure to see your therapist for advice on how to correct the issue.

HOW TO PROVE THE FAULT OF
THE ACCIDENT

01

Private Investigation

The assistance of a good PI will ease your mind, since an investigator knows how to collect and keep track of all vital information needed to prove your side of the story.

Photographs

Photographs of the hazard at the time you fell

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Eye Witness Testimony

Gather as many names and phone numbers as there were people who saw what happened or observed the hazardous conditions.

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Injury Report

Doctor’s reports of your injury, including forensic evidence of the cause of injury

WHO DO YOU MAKE A SLIP-And-FALL CLAIM AGAINST?

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The Party Responsible for the Dangerous Situation

It’s important to make sure you identify the right party, because bringing a suit against the wrong party could result in your claim being dismissed and you missing the deadline to bring it against the responsible party.

Sometimes, however, it isn’t always clear who the responsible party is if the property isn’t owned and operated by the same entity.

When the Accident Happened Inside

If the slip-and-fall happened inside of a rented business, you would likely recover directly from the business.

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When the Accident Happened Outside

If the accident happened outside, it may be the responsibility of that business, a neighboring business, the landlord, or a management company.

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When the Accident Happened On a Sidewalk

Sidewalks are another special case—they are usually the responsibility of the private property owner even if they were installed by the city and are located within a public easement.

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POSSIBLE
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It all depends on where and when you fell. It’s crucial for an experienced personal injury lawyer to examine the land boundaries of the place where you fell to determine whether the location is on municipal property. If so, it could be difficult to identify the right person to file with.

 

Otherwise, the property owner or business insurance may cover the damages. In the case of falling upon exiting a vehicle, coverage could possibly come from the vehicle owner’s Personal Injury Protection insurance. Also, Workers Compensation could pay for work-related accidents.