Slips and falls are extremely common causes of injuries, resulting in over one million emergency room visits each year, according to the National Fall Safety Institute (NFSI). In some cases, slips and falls are caused by the negligence of others, and you may need the services of a Yuma personal injury attorney.
What Are Five Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries?
Our Yuma personal injury attorneys say that the following are five of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries:
1. Hazardous walking surfaces
Floors that are cluttered with loose cords can cause slip and fall accidents, as can issues such as loose floorboards, broken tiles, and torn carpeting. This is also true of floors that are wet because of a leak or recent mopping. In some cases, potholes and poorly maintained or uneven sidewalks can also cause these types of accidents.
2. Nursing home neglect
Older people are particularly vulnerable to having a slip and fall accident, since they sometimes have balance and mobility issues. Nursing homes have a responsibility to ensure that their residents have the assistance and supervision they need to help prevent slips and falls.
3. Poor lighting
Poor lighting can make a normally safe area hazardous. For example, if you’re entering a restaurant that has inadequate lighting in their parking lot and around their building, you could trip over a curb, landscaping, or step.
4. Weather conditions
Wet sidewalks and walkways can be slippery, and if you’re entering a store, office building, or other establishment that doesn’t have mats placed at the doorways, you could easily fall. Freezing temperatures occur even in warmer areas such as Arizona, and this can cause a hazardous layer of ice on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other areas.
5. Lack of workplace training
Workplace slip and fall injuries are very common and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, according to the NFSI. Certain occupations, such as construction, require workers to work on slick or narrow surfaces that could easily cause a fall without the proper equipment and training.
Hurt? Contact a Yuma Slip and Fall Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident and need to speak with a Yuma personal injury attorney, contact the board certified and experienced attorneys at Lerner & Rowe. Make one call to 928-344-6200 or submit a free online case review now for a free consultation.
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