SLIP AND FALL PREVENTION TIPS
SLIP AND FALL PREVENTION TIPS
Slip and falls cause millions of injuries and thousands of hospital visits each year. Victims of slip and falls have a legal right to compensation for their injuries. A slip and fall attorney can explain these rights if you have been seriously injured in a fall.
Of course, you should always try to avoid injuries to yourself and others. When visiting an unfamiliar property, be aware of the ground under you and look for bumps, cracks or unstable surfaces that may cause you to slip. It is important for property owners to understand that it is their responsibility to do everything possible to avoid injuries on their property. If someone gets hurt on your property you may be liable.
If you are injured, the Boca Raton slip and fall attorneys at Shiner Law Group can help you seek compensation for you and your family.
Slip and Fall Risks
Slip and fall injuries are very common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate as many as 2.3 million people every year experience a fall that sends them to the emergency room for treatment. Of these millions of fall victims, 662,000 are hurt badly enough to require admission to the hospital beyond the emergency room.
Slip and falls are likely to occur at work and account for about 15 percent of on-the-job injuries and 26 percent of workers’ compensation payment costs. For example, injuries from slips and trips are the leading cause of on-the-job injuries among truckers.
Children and the elderly are at the greatest risk of slip and falls, with 60 percent of nursing home residents falling at least once per year and 1,800 people dying because of falls in nursing homes annually. The consequences of falls are very serious for the elderly, and as many as 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 who trip and fall sustain a bone fracture.
People of all ages, however, can fall in stores, restaurants, hotels, private homes and other locations. These falls can result in serious damage to the body including spinal cord injury (falls are the second leading cause for seniors 65 years old and up) and traumatic brain injury (46 percent of fall-related deaths in 2000 were caused by traumatic brain injuries).
The legal process to prove injuries were sustained due to the negligence of another party can be complicated and the circumstances are always different. In order to pursue your case effectively, consult an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after your fall.
Preventing Slip and Falls
Due to the frequency of serious slip and fall injuries, it essential that property owners understand their obligation to keep visitors safe and that they take that obligation seriously. Below is a list of general maintenance tips for property owners to help reduce the risk of accidents on their property.
- Fix cracks in tile or sidewalks that could lead to tripping
- Keep floors dry and post a warning if floors are slippery or wet
- Keep debris out of walkways
- Ensure that there is sufficient lighting
- Maintain stair railings and ensure stairs are built to code
- Avoid sudden changes in the floor surface and post a warning if there is a step down or step up
Ensure that all loose rugs are secured to the floor and not curled up or in danger of sliding
These are just a few of the many things that property owners should do to keep patrons and visitors safe. However, stores, restaurants and government entities that maintain public buildings and sidewalks are not the only responsible parties for preventing falls. Private homeowners can also be held liable if a fall injury occurs on their property.
A Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help You Today
If you or a loved one was injured on someone’s property due to a slip or trip accident, contact a slip and fall attorney at Shiner Law Group today.