Slip and fall injuries occur every day in a wide range of settings, from the home to businesses to public places, a fall can happen anywhere. It is one of the more common forms of serious injury accidents. In the workplace, slip and fall injuries represent the second leading cause of workplace death. To protect yourself against slip and fall injuries, it is important to understand these injuries and their consequences.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip accidents are commonly caused by:
• Wet or oily surfaces
• Weather hazards
• Mats that are not anchored
• Inherently slick flooring
In addition, trips are a common cause of falling accidents and may be caused by:
• Wrinkled carpeting
• Cables in walkway
• Uneven walking surfaces
• Obstructed view
• Poor lighting
These slips and trips can result in falling injuries.
Common Injuries as a Result of Slip and Fall Accidents
Just as there are many causes for slip and fall accidents, there are also many different types of injuries that can result. Some of the more common injuries that result from slip and fall accidents, include:
• Broken bones
• Tailbone or spinal injuries
• Brain injuries
In some cases, these injuries can be serious and may require hospitalization or lead to long-term injury.
Premises Liability Lawsuits
If you have been hurt as a result of a slip and fall injury, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to receive compensation for expenses, including new bills and lost wages.
Whether a premises liability lawsuit is appropriate in your case depends on many factors. First, did the slip occur at work? If it occurred at work, were you at your place of work, or were you at another location as a part of your work duties? If you were at your normal workplace, you cannot file a premises liability lawsuit. Instead, your injuries will be covered under workers’ compensation. If your injury occurred at another place or not during work, you can file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner if you believe your injury was due to a hazard that the property owner did or should have known about.