Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Over 70% of falls occur due to dangerous conditions and hazards that we are exposed to. Many dangerous conditions that cause slip and fall accidents are the result of poor design or improper maintenance. This can be something as simple as poor procedures in cleaning up spills in the supermarket, to tripping over a cracked sidewalk, to being hit by a falling object near a construction zone.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and fall accidents occur virtually everywhere – in a supermarket or shopping mall; at school or at an office; or on a sidewalk. Your slip and fall may be caused, for example, by a defect in flooring, which may be wet or uneven, or else it may be attributable to inadequate lighting that obstructs your ability to foresee a danger.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
There are three main ways that slip, trip and fall injuries occur.
One: You are walking and your front foot slips forward, causing you to fall backward.
Two: You are walking and your rear foot slips backward, causing you to fall forward.
Trip: You are walking and your foot comes into contact with an obstacle, such as a protrusion, along your path. Or, someone has left out materials in a walkway that are not supposed to be there.
The traumatic impact of a slip and fall or a trip and fall accident can cause severe and traumatic long term injury. If you suffer a slip and fall or a trip and fall, it is in your best interest that you seek medical and legal help without delay. The law practice of Jeffrey S. Dawson has handled many types of slip and fall, trip and fall, and general premises liability issues. Please contact our offices immediately.