Slip-and-fall accidents are sometimes thought of as being minor because they don’t really look like major incidents. While it’s true that many people can fall without suffering serious injuries, some slip-and-falls result in catastrophic injuries.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution when you slip and fall. If you’re in a commercial establishment, make sure you report the incident so there’s a record of what happened. This could become valuable if you opt to pursue a compensation claim. Be sure you get a copy of the report. Additionally, document who took the report and their position with the company.
#1: Indoor and outdoor incidents
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur indoors or outdoors. It’s up to the property owner to ensure that people who visit can remain safe while they’re there. These incidents typically fall under the premises liability area of the law, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors.
#2: Many different causes
Wet floors are a common cause of slip-and-fall accidents. Businesses should use warning signs to alert people to this hazard. Other common causes include uneven or broken pavement, loose rugs, unprotected cords in walkways, and objects left on the floors.
#3: Catastrophic injuries are possible
It’s possible to suffer a catastrophic injury in a slip-and-fall incident. Hitting your head could lead to a traumatic brain injury. Broken bones are possible from trying to brace yourself as you fall. Landing on a hip could lead to a fracture. Even spinal cord injuries may occur when you fall. Several factors, including the surface you land on, determine the injuries’ seriousness.
Anyone injured in a slip-and-fall incident should ensure they get medical care, even if they don’t think they’re injured. If the accident was due to the negligence of another party, you may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages related to the injuries you suffered. This can include claims for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. Florida has specific time limits for these cases, so don’t delay getting started.