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Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are in the top percentage of personal injury cases. They are extremely common, which is surprising, because they are also fairly easy to prevent. These accidents can be caused by various circumstances, and the injuries that result from them can range from minor bumps and bruises, to severe broken bones or head trauma.

What is a Slip and Fall? 

Just like the name implies, slip and fall accidents happen when an individual either slips or trips on a surface or objects and falls as a result. These become liability or personal injury cases when the slip or trip occurs on someone’s property and it is discovered that it could have been prevented, or that the owner was acting negligently. 

Property owners have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment for their guests and/or visitors. This includes having proper surfaces and paths to walk on, and should there be a hazard or obstruction, providing proper signage as a warning. Not following this obligation is considered negligence, and if a fall resulting in an injury occurs because of this, legal action can be pursued. 

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What Causes a Slip and Fall?

There are many causes for slip and falls, and as stated previously, most of them can be prevented, either by property owners or by the pedestrians themselves. 

Wet/Slippery Floors

The primary cause of slip and falls are wet floors, especially ones that have not been made known by signs and warnings. Wet or slippery floors can cause those walking over it to lose their footing, and end up falling. Failure to provide adequate warnings or barriers around wet or slippery floors is a negligent action by the owners.

Tripping Hazards

Another cause of slip and falls is tripping hazards, or obstructions within walking paths. These tripping hazards can be any number of objects, but if they result in a fall, and did not have any proper warning signage around, it could be considered negligence. 

Sloping Surfaces

Unless otherwise stated, the majority of the time when pedestrians are walking, they expect the path to be even, allowing them to move confidently forward on their way. Sometimes this isn’t the case, however, and the path slopes to one side or the other, and becomes a hazard. This can cause falls, and should be properly marked. 

There are many causes of slip and falls in addition to these most common ones. In general, if there is a hazard or any chance that something may cause a slip or fall, it should be removed or altered, and if that is not possible, there should be proper signage put into place in order to make it known to pedestrians. Failure to provide warning of hazards can be considered negligence on a property owner’s behalf. If you have experienced an injury due to negligence leading to a slip and fall, contact Eric Blank Injury Attorneys today. 

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