5 Most Common Causes Of Slipping & Falling In Florida

For most people living in Florida’s Suncoast, slipping and falling is an embarrassment with a little bit of physical discomfort. However, for some, a slip and a fall can be extremely painful and, in the worst cases, permanently crippling or even lethal. It’s one thing, for example, to slip and fall in the kitchen due to a misplaced toy. It’s another for that same toy to be on a stairway as an elderly relative is coming down.

Slipping and falling can happen just about anywhere, but these are the most common causes for why it happens.

Uneven Surfaces

This is a widespread reason, as most people don’t look at the ground while walking. Uneven surfaces can have many causes, such as loose floorboards. Poor foundations can result in uneven ground or stairs and even a change in texture, from floor to a rug.

In all of these cases, something unexpectedly breaks a person’s stride, resulting in a trip, slip, and fall.

Items On The Floor

This has a huge amount of variety, depending on the location. At home, this may be the toys of children or pets strewn about the floor. In an office, however, it may be electrical power cords stretched across the floor to get to a distant power outlet.

As with uneven surfaces, this breaks the stride of someone walking as they don’t expect their feet to trip up against something and quickly cause a slip or fall.

Wet Surfaces

While rugs, mats, and carpets retain their traction, many harder materials become slippery when they get wet. As a result, they can be challenging to walk on, even though they are still flat and level. A perfect commercial example of this is juice spilled in a grocery store. Until it is cleaned up, it can be very slippery for all the customers walking through.

Weather Conditions

It’s not just indoor surfaces that can cause slips and falls. Outdoor surfaces can also prove to be risky. While concrete typically offers a lot of traction even when wet, surfaces like marble can get very slippery. However, even a sidewalk or driveway can become slippery during freak weather events, such as snowstorms, if ice forms on the sidewalk.

Staff Negligence

It is up to management to assign staff to take care of potential injury issues related to the environment in workplaces. A stairwell with no windows, for example, should have working lights so people can see where they are going as they walk up and down.

However, if a bulb burns out and no one replaces it, it’s very easy for an injury to occur as people are now walking downstairs in total darkness.

You Can Get Compensation

If you’re a resident of Southwest Florida, and you’ve slipped, fallen, and become injured due to negligence in someone’s home, or business, then the property owners are financially responsible for your injury and the medical costs associated with recovery. If you want to make sure that you get the compensation owed to you, talk to a slip and fall attorney about your situation.

Video FAQ:

When Do You Need An Attorney? What Will They Do For You?

Bernard Walsh

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.



Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.


Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office

Sarasota Personal Injury Law Office


2822 University Parkway Sarasota Florida 34243

Bradenton Office



1215 Manatee Ave West Bradenton Florida 34205

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg


6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Lakewood Ranch Office



9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202

Venice Office



3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office



2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Punta Gorda Office

Punta Gorda


122 Nesbit St, Suite 113, Punta Gorda Florida 33950

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte


3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office



10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers


8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office



5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.