Most Common Causes of Slip and Falls

According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall injuries are one of the leading causes of unintentional death in homes and communities causing over 25,000 deaths in 2009.

With 8.9 million emergency room visits from slip and falls, there is often someone to blame. The injuries of these accidents vary from a few minor bruises to skull fractures. The Carlson Law Firm has helped hundreds of victims all over Texas. Here are the most common slip and fall accidents:

1. Weather conditions

Rain, ice and snow are often to blame for many slip and fall injuries. Although it is not practical to predict what the weather will be like, it is up to the property owners to keep their facilities safe. If they fail to salt, shovel or plow steps and walkways, they could be held legally responsible should an injury occur due to their neglect.

2. Wet or uneven surfaces

Along with surfaces being wet or slick because of weather and spills, some walkways can be defective and cause a person to fall. Falls happen because of loose floorboards, potholes, waxed or mopped floors and more. It is up to property owner to repair these hazards.

3. Undertrained

Some slip and fall accidents take place at work. Sometimes, these injuries are due to the lack of training for employees to avoid hazardous situations while on the job. It is up to the employers to train their workers for safety to ensure there are no avoidable accidents.

4. Footwear

Some footwear does not provide adequate traction for different surface conditions. According to The National Floor Safety Institute, footwear is to blame for 24% of slip and fall injuries.

Slip and falls can be very dangerous even with minimal circumstances. Of all accidental deaths, half are caused by falls that often occur at ground level. If you or someone you know has fallen and suffered injuries, someone else could be held accountable. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation to see if you have a case.

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