Slip and Fall Accidents: A Major Cause of Injury in the U.S.

» Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

There may have been a time when news about someone sustaining a severe injury due to a simple case of slip and fall sounded absurd and unbelievable. Today, however, with records from the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts which say that more than 8 million slip and fall accidents occur every year and that this accident is one of the top causes of serious injuries in the U.S. and one of the most common basis of civil lawsuits, one can no longer dismiss claims that a slip and fall accident can, indeed, result to serious harm.

A slip and fall accident can happen not only in public places (such as hospitals, churches, malls, restaurants, and swimming pool areas), but also in private residences and work environments. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slipping or tripping is actually the second most common cause of workplace injury.

A slip and fall accident can be due to various different factors: wet floor, tripping hazards, absence of warning signs on wet surfaces, unnecessary clutter, exposed wires, uneven floor or walkway, moss-covered floor, inadequate lighting along walkways, unstable surfaces, absence of railings or guardrails, and so forth. Its most common cause, however, is negligence – failure or neglect of workers or property owners to make sure that a place is free of accident-causing elements.

Some of the most serious effects of slip and fall accidents are hip fracture, torn muscle or torn ligament, knee injury, broken bones (wrist and/or elbow), and spinal column injury. Though a slip and fall accident is usually considered a fault of the victims themselves, under the law, it is still the owner of the firm or establishment who has the greater responsibility over the cause of the accident.

In the website of the law firm Hach and Rose, it is explained how slip and fall accidents can be very frustrating, especially in work environments, like construction sites, because these can actually be prevented simply through the implementation of adequate safety procedures. Thus, when property owners and general contractors fail to provide important safety equipment or maintain a safe environment, they may be held financially liable for the ensuing harm that comes to workers.

The case is the same when it comes to other forms of businesses, stores, or other people’s homes, according to a Champaign injury attorney with Spiros Law, P.C. Visitors naturally expect that the property owner has taken the proper precautions to ensure the safety and security of anyone who enters establishment or property. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Even though it is the legal responsibility of the property owner to keep any guests safe, some negligent owners or management ignore common safety standards and endanger the lives of those who enter the property.

Again, this act of negligence holds property owners as ensuing accidents are mainly due to their failure to notify visitors of potential risks and take whatever steps necessary to reduce the danger. While it is the right of injured victims to pursue a legal action against a property owner, it is the latter’s duty to compensate victims for whatever losses and damages their injuries will entail.

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