Personal injury claims: What are the largest causes of slips and falls?
Every day, millions of people suffer slip and fall accidents and many of them result in serious injuries. There are several factors that lead to a slip and fall with many causes being preventable. By looking at this overview, you can become more aware of slip and fall hazards, and you’ll learn how to stay safer and prevent these types of accidents.
Negligence plays a factor in the most common causes of slip & fall accidents
There are several different external or environmental factors that make a slip and fall accident more likely. When one of these conditions exists and the property owner doesn’t do enough to prevent slip and fall accidents, a civil court may hold them liable for any damages suffered in an accident. In that situation, the property owner is held liable for a slip and fall accident.
The most common condition that can cause a slip and fall accident is a wet or slippery floor. If water or ice is allowed to accumulate and the property owner doesn’t act to clean the floor or block admittance to that area, their negligence may be to blame for any slip and fall accidents that occur in the area. Similarly, a floor that’s damaged with upturned flooring materials, holes, or other blemishes, are also common causes of slip and fall accidents.
An area of flooring that has equipment and materials obstructing the walking path is another cause of slips and falls. In each of these situations, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the floor is cleared. If the floor can’t be cleared, it should be blocked off to ensure no one will wander into the area and expose themselves to a greater risk of a slip and fall.
Human error plays a role in most slips & falls
In any type of personal injury case, the court will look at the fault of the plaintiff in contributing to the accident. This is called contributory negligence and it will reduce the amount you can claim in damages. For example, if you’re found to be 20% at fault for your slip and fall injuries in a case valued at $100,000, the most you can recover in damages will be $80,000.
This applies to slip and fall accidents because the fall victim’s own actions often contribute to causing the accident. Whether walking in a rushed manner, walking while distracted, or engaging in other unsafe practices, what you’re doing as you walk may increase your risks of a slip and fall.
You are most likely to be hurt in a slip and fall in construction and manufacturing settings. The National Safety Council reported that there were 24,700 injuries and 384 deaths resulting from slip and fall accidents on construction sites in 2016. That same year, manufacturing slip and fall accidents were attributed to 22,040 injuries and 49 deaths. Even in office and business settings, there were 22,090 slip and fall injuries, leading to 111 deaths.
Tips for reducing your risk of a slip & fall accident
While the negligence of others can’t be eliminated, your own actions can make a slip and fall accident less likely. Here are a few tips for helping you to stay safer from these types of accidents:
- Wear footwear with skid-resistant outsoles
- Use handrails whenever possible
- Walk deliberately and at an even moderate pace
- Watch for spills and other obstructions on the walkway
- Keep the floor clear in your work area
- Sprinkle rock salt in front of you as you walk in snowy or icy conditions
Slip and fall accidents happen suddenly, and they sometimes result in serious damages. If this is the case for you, it is very likely you will be entitled to receiving compensation for treatment costs. When you meet with one of our attorneys, you’ll receive a free evaluation of your case and an estimation of the potential damages you can claim.