Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of severe injury and death among seniors in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 85,000 people aged 65 or older fall each day across the country. The prevalence of slip and fall accidents shows that slip and trip hazards are also just as prevalent. In our day-to-day lives, we literally step over slip hazards in numerous situations, usually never being fully aware of the danger until someone gets hurt.
Some common examples of slip and fall accident hazards are:
- Office environments: If you work in an office environment, then you are probably encountering many slip or trip hazards each day without realizing it. Lifted carpeting and slippery tiling can be problematic in the average office. For workspaces with numerous computers, printers, scanners, and other electronic equipment, there may be a tangle of cables running between workstations. Cable-hiders and organizers should be used to reduce the chances of someone stepping on a cable and tripping.
- Retail stores: Whenever you enter a retail store or a similar shop, there might be many slip hazards throughout the aisles. Loose products on the floor are extremely dangerous to shoppers. In grocery stores, you might encounter spilled fluids, like leaking juice, soda, or milk containers. Store owners and employees have a duty to protect customers by cleaning up slip hazards in a reasonable amount of time, or by placing warning signs in the area.
- Wet sidewalks: While traveling along the average street or road, the sidewalk can be dangerous given the wrong set of conditions. Weather, sprinklers, hoses, and so forth may dampen the sidewalk, causing puddles and slip hazards. Remember that roads and sidewalks are most slippery after the first rainfall of a season. This is due to the fact that oils trapped in the porous surfaces will lift to the surface and gradually wash away as it rains.
- Missing rails: Staircases and stairwells of all sorts need handrails, guards, and banisters to help prevent falls. However, if you take a closer look at the steps you climb or descend each day, you will probably notice a fault or two, like a crack or wiggle. Property owners have a responsibility to complete needed maintenance, such as rail fixes.
If you get hurt in a slip and fall accident that you know was not your fault, call (850) 764-0383 to connect with The Pittman Firm, P.A. For more than 30 years, Florida personal injury Attorney Wes Pittman has been there to support and represent the wrongfully injured. To date, he has earned millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients, either through settlements or verdict awards. Contact the firm to discuss your options and how to begin your case.