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You have probably slipped or tripped and fallen multiple times in your life. Some of those accidents are caused by your own lack of paying attention or clumsiness. At other times, these accidents could have been prevented, which is one reason why OSHA has workplace standards. We all need to learn to recognize things that could cause injuries, of course, yet sometimes dangers are not obvious. That is when liability comes into play.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A “slip and fall” commonly refers to a slip and resulting fall due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. People can fall as a result of ice or snow on the sidewalk, water on the floor, as well as inconsistencies in flooring material, poor lighting, or hard to see gaps or holes in the ground.
Slip and fall injuries can be serious or life-threatening, especially for small children and seniors. Falls are the leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
There are measures generally recognized within businesses that reduce the risk of slip, trip and fall injuries. Walking surface irregularities, poor drainage (which allows water or oil to pool), inadequate lighting and poorly maintained stairs and handrails are all factors that business and property owners need to deal with to ensure a reasonably safe premises.
Businesses are expected to reduce risk. Making sure mats lay flat on the floor, posting warnings if an area is wet or slick, applying de-icer in frosty conditions, and applying non-slip finishes to areas that are frequently wet are practices that any customer has the right to expect.
Typical Slip and Fall Injuries
The most serious injuries involve the back or spine (which can lead to long-term injury or death) and head injuries (which can lead to loss of cognitive function or death). Most people recover from muscle strains and sprains. Recovery from broken bones takes longer.