Every year in America thousands of painful injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents. According to national figures, such incidents account for more than 20 percent of all spinal cord injuries and 15 percent of all accidental fatalities in the United States. Like other injury-producing accidents in public and workplace environments, many slip, trips and falls are preventable.
Accidental falls are the third leading cause of accidental death in our country, and the number one cause of serious injury and death in the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Below are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents.
Slippery or wet surfaces are responsible for countless falls each year. Other floor hazards include:
- Uneven pavement or sidewalks
- Loose or torn rugs, floorboards, carpeting or mats
- Spilled liquids
- Ice or snow that hasn’t been salted or removed
- Clutter, trash or debris on the floor
- Recently waxed or mopped floors
Traumatic injuries, ranging from broken bones and torn ligaments to paralysis can be traced back to tripping hazards caused by:
- Poorly constructed or rundown stairs
- Loose tiles
- Lack of handrails on steps and ramps
- Loose or defective handrails
- Cracked cement
- Potholes in parking lots
Liability issues in slip and fall accidents
All property owners and caretakers have a duty to use reasonable care to keep their premises safe for patrons, employees and invited visitors. When business owners, employers and managers fail to maintain their property or fail to warn customers and hired staff about potential slip and fall dangers such as a spilled liquid or a recently waxed floor, they may be held liable for any ensuing damages.
In California, it is the proprietor’s duty to perform routine inspections and maintenance and warn guests and visitors of any on-site dangers. This holds especially true for health care providers and administrators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where senior residents are more prone to debilitating injury.
Some 25 percent of nursing home falls are attributed to environmental hazards, including poor lighting, slick floor surfaces and clutter left about.
California premises liability lawyer
Whether a slip and fall accident occurred in a nursing home, movie theater, at a neighbor’s house or in the workplace, victims may have a legal claim for compensation. The Salamati Law Firm understands the financial burdens and emotional toll of serious personal injury and has the expertise and resources to help victims obtain justice and the money damages they deserve. A successful claim can secure compensation for past and future medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation, pain, suffering and permanent disability.
For a free case evaluation with a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer who is dedicated to client success, please call 1-855-476-1115.
Additional Slip and Fall Accident Resources:
- CDC, Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html
- National Floor Safety Institute, Slip & Fall Quick Facts, https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/
- National Safety Council, Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention will Keep Older Adults Safe and Independent http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/Pages/Falls.aspx