Each year more than 8 million people are injured by a slip and fall. Second only to vehicle accidents, slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of industry accidents leading to a traumatic brain injury. Slips, trips and falls can also cause other serious injuries for any person: mild to serious head injuries, back injuries, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, or sprained muscles, and other personal injuries.
There are many situations that may cause slips, trips, and falls, such as ice, wet spots, grease, polished floors, loose flooring or carpeting, uneven walking surfaces, clutter, electrical cords, open desk drawers and filing cabinets. Loose, irregular surfaces such as gravel, shifting floor tiles, and uneven sidewalks, can make it difficult to maintain your footing. Most slip, trip and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures.
Injuries (including traumatic brain injuries) occur from falls caused by a variety of sources. Many of these sources, like curbs, flaws in parking lots and uneven lawns, are not of significant height, but have the potential to cause significant injuries. The best way to prevent injuries such as these is to be aware of where you are going and pay attention to your walking surface.
Report even a minor fall. It could prevent someone from experiencing a more serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, down the line.
If you are on someone else’s property, at work, or in a public or place of business and injure yourself as a result of a dangerous condition as discussed above, you may have a personal injury claim and should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer right away.