It may come as a surprise, but slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death in the U.S. Although elderly people are particularly exposed, the most dangerous thing about falls is that they can affect anybody.
While many accidents simply can not be avoided, there are a number of factors that do increase the likelihood of a fall occurring. These are worth considering in further detail as recognizing the more common risk factors could help to protect you.
Whether it’s due to cleaning procedures or conditions outside, a wet floor is a dangerous place to be. Any fluid substance decreases the grip that a person’s shoes have on the surface, which means they can easily lose balance and suddenly fall. All premises owners or managers should take special care to ensure that floors are dry, and where they have become wet, clear signage should be in place to let walkers know.
To be safe, walkways must be kept clear at all times. Many accidents occur because a trip hazard has caught someone off guard. Common trip hazards include boxes and tool kits but can even include smaller items such as shoes and items of clothing. Trip hazards are especially dangerous near stairways because there is a potential for a fall from a height that involves several impacts on different parts of the body. Electrical cords and cables are also worth mentioning, as a trailing cable has the potential to trip someone over if they do not see it.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious injuries so it is vital that property owners take every step to protect the public. If you have been injured during a fall, it might be worth exploring your legal options.