Many of us have had the experience of slipping or falling while out at a public place, such as in a grocery or department store, or some other type of public facility. While we may attempt to laugh these types of incidents off or attribute them to our own clumsiness, the fact is that even a minor fall can result in serious and potentially disabling injuries. With an increased number of people out and about over the summer months, there is always the chance for an increase in slip and fall accidents and injuries. Crowded walkways and sidewalks as well as condensation and wetness due to air conditioning systems and summer storms make these accidents more likely during the warm weather months, and there are certain situations to be aware of in which a slip and fall is most likely to occur.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slip, trip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of accidental injuries in the United States, causing serious damages and injuries for as many as eight million people each year. These accidents can be more likely to occur during the summer months in Florida as increased numbers of people crowd into stores, restaurants, and other establishments. While property owners and managers are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for their customers, employees are often too busy providing for customers and guests at this time of year to attend to tasks such as mopping wet floors, clearing aisles of merchandise, or putting out signs warning of dangerous conditions. The NSC reports that the following are among the most common places for slip and fall accidents to occur:
- Doorways, entrances, and exits;
- Areas of heavy traffic, such as aisles and hallways;
- Areas prone to wetness or spills;
- On stairwells and walkways with inadequate lighting or handrails.
Injuries Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents
The National Floor Safety Institute states that injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents add up to more roughly $13 million or more in medical costs each year. Even a minor slip and fall accident can cause damage that will take weeks and months to heal, while more serious falls can result in severe health impacts, particularly for older adults. As the result of a slip and fall, you may require ongoing medical care and treatment as well as physical rehabilitation, while being unable to work or enjoy activities you previously enjoyed. Among the most common types of injuries suffered in these accident include the following:
- Muscle, joint, and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones, particularly hip, leg, and ankle fractures;
- Back injuries, including slipped or herniated disks;
- Head and neck injuries, such as concussion, contusions, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Reach Out to Us for Professional Assistance
If you or a loved one is injured as the result of a slip and fall accident, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries, either through an insurance claim or through a personal injury lawsuit.