Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida
Millions of people experience slip and fall accidents. Indeed, they account for 12% of emergency room visits nationally. Slip and fall accidents happen to people when they are unprepared. They may be stocking up on groceries or trying to enjoy the reward of a hard day’s work, when suddenly they have become seriously injured. Sadly, slip and fall victims are often senior citizens, disabled people, and vulnerable people. These people get a critical injury as a result of negligence.
Understanding the Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Many slip and fall accidents are the results of poor preparation and negligence on behalf of property owners and managers. Others are the result of avoidable circumstances. We have included a few below of the most common causes below:
24% of slip and fall accidents result from improper footwear. Not having a proper grip on work boots or sneakers. Footwear without adequate tread on can cause dangerous slip and falls at work, home, or in public.
Quite a few slip and falls occur in the workplace. Many of these accidents are the result of careless training. People who work in high-risk industries like construction or maintenance, need proper training on how to use the tools and equipment necessary for their job. Each job site should supply workers with all the appropriate conditions and materials to be safe. Employers and contractors who don’t make these preparations are liable for damages.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents. Senior citizens are much more likely to fall due to having a reduced sense of balance. One in three people over the age of 65 falls each year. Because fall risk is high, the chance of life-threatening injury increases. Unfortunately, many aides and administrators are not trained well at nursing homes and do not know how to handle these risks. Ignorance of proper procedures can put lives at stake. Being able to trust the people who care for our loved ones is essential.
At Farah and Farah, we can help you build your nursing home negligence case. A slip and fall could be a red flag of further nursing home peril like elder abuse, understaffing, or other breaches of safety. Contact Farah & Farah today to learn more about nursing home neglect.
Wet or Uneven Surfaces
55% of all slip and falls in the US are from wet or uneven surfaces; these conditions are often the result of poorly maintained facilities. Examples range from the inside of buildings — loose mats, loose floorboards, torn carpeting, slippery floors, poorly designed stairs, cluttered floor plans — to outside the physical building, including parking lot potholes, defective sideways, and doors. Almost every industrial, commercial, domestic, and public place can contain these conditions. Preventing these issues is vital to ensuring that customers and visitors have a safe environment.
Weather-related accidents account for a considerable number of slip and fall injuries. While it’s impossible to control the weather, every business should have proper procedures for seasonal shifts. Some of the most substantial slip and fall compensation is the result of weather negligence.
Most slip and fall claims are genuine. However, around 3% of slip and fall claims are false. Often that means the claimant knowingly created the circumstances that led to their fall. For example, someone may have poured a slippery solution on a surface to fall intentionally. Or perhaps they are trying to get their employer to pay for an accident that happened when they weren’t on the clock. Some people even wholly fabricate having any injury.
Contact Farah and Farah Today!
No one is prepared to experience a slip and fall accident. And the aftermath can be just as distressing as you deal with issues like insurance companies, medical bills, and lost wages.
It is challenging to determine liability in a slip and fall case. Due to many circumstances like insurance and comparative fault claims, getting a fair settlement for slip and fall cases is an uphill battle. A slip and fall law firm will be able to help you build a strong case.
If you have had a slip and fall injury, don’t go it alone. Hire a seasoned law firm with experience with these claims. Farah and Farah will work with you to help your slip and fall claim.