Nearly any type of accident that occurs on someone else’s property could be classified as a slip and fall accident. The most common types of slip-and-fall cases are the result of: wet floors, uneven sidewalks, icy surfaces, cluttered areas and dark hallways.
If a floor is wet, the owner of the property should place a wet floor sign in the afflicted areas. The owner must also do everything in his or her power to clean up the spill in a reasonable amount of time and ensure the source of the water is taken care of.
Uneven sidewalks and surfaces should be repaired in a reasonable amount of time. Yellow tape should be strung around the area, or yellow paint should be applied to the surface to indicate the uneven areas.
Ice should be dealt with as soon as it forms. Salt or dirt should be applied to the area immediately.
Store and property owners should ensure walkways are cleared of any clutter or debris. This could include construction tools on sidewalks and parking lots.
Hallways should be lit to allow pedestrians to see uneven surfaces and clutter obstructing the area.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip-and-fall victims could suffer from a variety of injuries, but the most common ones are head injuries, back injuries, and sprains and breaks. Though not always common, a slip and fall could also lead to death.
Head injuries are common during a slip and fall and are the result of falling backward.
Back injuries, such as fractures, breaks and slipped discs, could occur if the victim falls backward on the slipper or obstructed surface.
Sprains and Breaks
Landing on a limb is common during a slip and fall and could result in bone breaks, fractures and sprains.
Many of these injuries — especially back and head injuries — can lead to death.
Slip and Fall Claims
Slip and falls are classified under premises liability claims. If you are the victim of a slip and fall, you can claim for the reimbursement of medical expenses, time and pain and suffering. If you are the victim of a slip and fall, Silver & Silver P.A. can help you get the most for your accident. If you are experiencing any pain from a slip and fall accident, you should act now.