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10 Common Slip And Fall Causes

Even if you feel that you’re typically steady on your feet, a slip and fall accident can occur at any time. 10 common slip and fall causes include:

  •  Debris – Debris on the floor of a shop, home, or outdoor area can really trip a person up. Debris left on the ground of an area and not marked as a hazard to allow visitors to be aware of the problem can be the root of a personal injury case.
  • Uneven stairs – Stairs that have fallen into disrepair can begin to break down causing uneven surfaces. Stairs in older buildings or homes may have even been built uneven. If stairs are not kept up with, or marked as an uneven stair hazard, it can lead to dangerous falls.
  • Exposed wiring – Exposed wiring is a hazard that is more commonly found outdoors rather than indoors, but can pop up anywhere. Exposed wiring can make visitors to a property susceptible to electric shock.
  • Cracked sidewalks or streets – Deep cracks or potholes in Florida sidewalks, walking paths, and streets can lead to a slip and fall in seconds. These cracks should be repaired or marked as a hazard to keep visitors to a property aware.
  •  Wet floors – Particularly in stores and public spaces, freshly washed wet floors create slippery surfaces. For patrons walking in these areas, these slippery surfaces can lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents. For this reason, many stores keep “Wet Floor” signs in visible areas where floors have been freshly cleaned or recently suffered some type of spill, but the lack of a sign can lead patrons into a dangerous situation they may not be able to see.
  • No handrails – For staircases especially, handrails are necessary to keep visitors balanced and safe while walking. When these handrails aren’t present, a lack of balance can cause visitors to lose their balance and suffer a trip and fall accident.
  • Lack of hazard sign – Whether a wet floor, debris, uneven pavement, or a slippery surface, all hazards within a space should be accompanied by signage telling what the hazard is. While walking, visitors to a property aren’t always keeping their eyes on the floor, and signage helps to catch the eye and notify of a potential hazard.
  • Holes in flooring or pavement – Drainage holes, potholes, sewer drains, and holes where trees once stood are the perfect spaces to get caught while walking in an area. These slip and fall accidents can quickly escalate to severe cases of broken bones, head injuries, and severe soft tissue sprains.
  • Broken tile – Much like cracks in the street or sidewalk, cracks in tile can be just as dangerous. When a person is walking indoors and expects an even floor surface, a break in a tile can catch on their footwear causing them to fall forward. This type of forward fall makes it very easy to hit one’s head on the tile ahead of them, or sprain a wrist or ankle trying to catch themselves before they hit the ground.
  • Worn carpet – When carpet wears down it develops bare spots as well as wrinkles or creases in the carpet’s surface as it pulls away from the padding and flooring underneath. This creates both slippery areas as well as risen obstacles one can catch on while trying to walk and lose their balance.

Any and all of these situations are present in various Florida homes and establishments. If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident due to any of these reasons, you could pursue a settlement that helps to cover your damages by providing you with the compensation you deserve. To learn more about common slip and fall cases, contact us at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

10 Common Slip And Fall Causes

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