Slip & Fall Accidents May Have Serious ConsequencesApril 9, 2014 | Category: Slip and Fall Accidents | Share
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that 55% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by walking surfaces which are hazardous. What can make walking surfaces hazardous? Some of the causes are:
- Torn carpeting
- Cluttered floors
- Defective sidewalks
- Potholes in parking lots
- Poorly constructed staircases
- Recently washed or waxed floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Defective products
Weather conditions also present problems. Outdoor slip and fall injuries can be the result of rain which can make walking a slippery experience. Florida sees a marked increase in slip and fall accidents both outdoors and indoors whenever it rains. Slippery wet floors in businesses, schools, condominium entrances and other locations often lead to serious slip and fall accidents such as fractures, head, neck and back injuries, torn knee meniscus and other debilitating injuries. The injury is even more severe if the victim is elderly.
The NFSI further reports that 24% of slip and fall accidents are as a result of footwear which does not provide enough traction. This footwear not only includes high heeled shoes, but also worn sneakers and work boots.
In the workforce, improper, or no, training can lead to on-the-job slip and fall accidents. The manufacturing and construction industries may require that workers walk on narrow pathways or slick surfaces. Employers have a responsibility to workers to provide training and the proper safety equipment.
Nursing home and assisted living facilities also need to properly monitor and assist residents in their facilities. These residents are more likely to slip and fall than others because of deteriorating balance. There is more likelihood of sustaining life-threatening injuries for nursing and assisted living residents.
"It is the responsibility of businesses, schools, apartments, condominiums, associations and other public entities to provide, and maintain, safe walking areas by regular inspection and maintenance. Also, there may be design defects which create situations that cause slip and fall accidents. Should you, or a loved one, be injured as a result of a slip and/or fall due to the negligence of others, contact the Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorneys who will investigate the cause," says Attorney Randall Spivey.
Lee County Slip and Fall Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.