Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere at any time to anyone; however, certain conditions can contribute to an increased risk of slip and fall accidents. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), injuries caused by slip and fall accidents account for more than one million emergency room visits each year. Under premises liability law, property owners have a legal obligation to maintain reasonable safety standards to prevent accidental injury to visitors. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents are detailed below.
Poorly Maintained Walkways and Floors
Walking surfaces that are not properly maintained can become hazardous for pedestrians and increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. Dangerous conditions include:
- Carpet that is torn or buckled
- Cluttered walking areas
- Loose or broken floorboards
- Slippery, wet floors
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks
- Unsafe stairs
Property owners are legally obligated to keep floors and walkways in good repair to prevent potential accidents.
Weather Related Hazards
Outdoor slip and fall accidents often occur because of snow and ice covered walkways. It is the responsibility of a property owner to keep outdoor stairs and walkways free from snow, sleet and ice. Sidewalks and steps must be timely shoveled and salted to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents.
Potholes and Manholes
Unexpected holes in a walkway can cause pedestrians to stumble and fall and sustain injury. Potholes, trenches and ditches should be clearly marked with warning signs to alert pedestrians of potential danger until they can be repaired. Manholes that are not attended by maintenance crews must be covered.
Nursing Home Neglect
The NFSI reports that more than 60% of nursing home residents fall each year. While some of these falls are not the result of nursing home negligence, many happen because residents are not properly monitored and assisted. Senior citizens are likely to sustain serious injuries in slip and fall accidents, and nursing homes are responsible for taking extra precautions to prevent falls.
Unsafe Working Conditions
An employer may be at fault for a worker’s slip and fall injuries if the accident occurred because the employer failed to provide adequate safety training or safety equipment to employees. Workers in the construction and manufacturing industries are at increased risk for slip and fall accidents. Fatal slip and fall accidents sometimes occur in construction, mining, and maintenance jobs.
Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Successfully Represent Clients in Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute three percent of all slip and fall claims are fraudulent. Although fraud cases are rare, their notoriety has resulted in suspicion and mistrust of legitimate slip and fall accidents / premises liability cases. It is important that victims of slip and fall accidents seek representation from a well-established, reputable law firm. Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at DiTomaso Law have successfully represented clients in all types of slip and fall accidents for more than 20 years. We are well respected in the legal community, and our experienced attorneys are dedicated to obtaining compensation for our clients who have been injured in all slip and fall accident locations.
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