Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries

by Christian Scranton

As personal injury lawyers here in California, we see our fair share of clients that have suffered injuries from a classic slip and fall. There are many reasons our clients end up in this situation, and the injuries sustained can be as varied as the causes behind them. Let’s take a closer look at what can cause slip and fall injuries.

Even the safest of floor surfaces can be made dangerous if something is spilled. Business premises where liquids are commonly handled must have a system in place to ensure that both staff and visitors can walk around freely without any risk of stepping on spilled water, cleaning liquid or oil. Special care must be paid when especially viscous liquids are used, such as lubricant or frying oil.

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Trip hazards
Cables and plastic cable ties are among the most common trip hazards. It’s very easy to miss a trailing cable, particularly if they are the same color as the flooring. Even loose mats or rugs can pose a trip hazard, as one wrong step should not be enough to cause significant injury.

Recently cleaned floors
It’s great to know that businesses and workplaces are keeping things clean, but a freshly mopped or waxed floor can be a real hazard. It is essential that businesses use wet floor signs or cordon off especially slippy areas to keep people safe: we walk very differently after seeing a wet floor sign, so it’s important that we are given this warning.

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Uneven or damaged flooring
In busy areas, it’s understandable for damage to occur. However, issues like torn carpeting can be very dangerous and must be repaired as soon as possible. This could even apply to potholes in a parking lot—walking back to your car in the dark, it can be almost impossible to see even a large difference in height where you’re not expecting it.

Unsuitable surfaces
If a surface is intended or expected to get wet, for example, it must be safe when wet. Any establishment installing high-gloss tiles in an area next to a foundation must ensure that the area is inaccessible or treated in a way that prevents accidents.

Poor lighting
Even if a business or workplace has gone out of its way to ensure that flooring is safe and suitable, poor lighting can undo all their hard work. Even a perfectly safe staircase can become a dangerous hazard if it isn’t properly lit. All it takes is one missed step and you could be seriously hurt.

No matter what the cause of your slip and fall injury, we may be able to help you. Our slip and fall personal injury lawyers cover the vast majority of California, from Albany to Vacaville, and have extensive experience in settling negligence cases. Get in touch with us to work out if you have a case.

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