Here in the United States, millions of people are injured every year in slip and fall accidents, and OHSA figures show us that slips, trips, and falls result in approximately 17,000 deaths each year. They are the number one reason for hospital emergency admissions.
Walking surfaces that are wet, either as the result of spills or applications of wet products, often cause slipping accidents. Others are caused by dry products, such as dust, powder, and granules, lying on highly polished floors, freshly waxed surfaces, and sloped walking surfaces.
Loose rugs or mats, tiles, and floorboards, cluttered walkways, uneven floors, and broken steps also pose risks of slip and fall accidents.
Many victims of slip and fall accidents sustain fractures, bruises, contusions, sprains, strains, abrasions, and lacerations to various parts of the body, and may require medical treatment and time off work in order to recuperate.
As a result, injured persons incur substantial costs due to:
Tort law generally holds property owners, managers, or specific contractors legally responsible for an accident on their premises if it can be proved that they either:
If you are injured in a slip and fall incident, seeking legal advice will help to determine whether a right to compensation exists in your particular situation. A competent and experienced personal injury attorney in your area can assess all the details and, if appropriate, represent you before insurance companies or in court.
Different states observe their own slip and fall rules, particularly when the defendant asserts a defense of comparative negligence or contributory fault of the injured plaintiff.
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