Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are extremely common, even though they are tremendously easy to prevent. In fact, slip and falls are one of the leading causes of personal injuries. These accidents can be caused by a variety of circumstances, and the injuries that can happen because of them can range from minor bumps and bruises, to more severe injuries like broken bones or head trauma.
What is a Slip and Fall?
The name is fairly self-explanatory, a slip and fall accident occurs when an individual either slips or trips on a surface or obstructions on a path, and falls as a result. Slip and fall accidents become liabilities or personal injury cases when the slip or trip happens on an individual’s or corporation’s property and it can be determined that the injury could have been prevented, or that the owner acted in negligence.
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.
What Causes a Slip and Fall?
There are many causes for slip and fall accidents, most of which can be prevented, either by the property owner or the individual affected. The primary cause of slip and falls is wet or slippery floors, and the failure to provide proper signage or barriers around them. Another leading cause is tripping hazards, or obstructions in the paths where people are walking. One more common cause for slip and fall accidents is sloping or uneven surfaces.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Just as the causes for slip and fall accidents differ, the injuries that can result from them differ as well. Some slip and falls cause minor injuries, ones that perhaps are simply inconveniences or annoyances, and generally heal after a few days. Other slip and falls can cause serious injuries, ones that may instigate chronic pain, and take years to heal from, if ever. The most common injuries that come from slip and falls are bruises, broken bones, dislocated joints, and head trauma.
Bruises can happen even with the most minor slip and fall accidents. These are a collection of blood underneath the skin, and can sometimes become swollen. Though they are typically fairly sore and tender to the touch, most of the time, bruises aren’t extremely serious injuries.
Broken bones are another common injury due to slip and fall accidents. If an individual trips and attempts to catch themselves while they are falling, they can easily fracture their wrist or arm.
If an individual slips and falls, and lands in a skewed posture, it can be easy to dislocate a joint, such as a hip or a shoulder. These injuries can usually be fixed fairly easily, even though pain may be present for a few days following. However, sometimes dislocations can be more serious, and cause tears to the surrounding tendons as well.
Head trauma can also occur frequently with slip and fall accidents. This head trauma can include concussions, contusions, and more. The effects of a head trauma can be severe and last for an extensive period of time.
There are many potential injuries that can occur due to a slip and fall accident. Most of these can be prevented, and if the hazard cannot be removed, warnings should be put into place by the property owner. 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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