Follow These Slip-and-Fall Injury Prevention Tips

Follow These Slip-and-Fall Injury Prevention Tips

In comparison to other types of accidents, slip-and-fall accidents may seem extremely minor to the point of being negligible; however, this is a misconception, albeit a popular one. Every year, many people are seriously injured or killed in slip-and-fall accidents. They can occur in both public and private spaces, at work or at home – a slip-and-fall hazard can be present in any location. That is why it is important to remain attentive of your surroundings wherever you go so you can spot a hazard and avoid it before it does you any harm. You should also educate yourself on potential slip and trip hazards.

Slips are caused by the loss of traction between the footwear and the surface. Below are the common contributing factors behind slip incidents:

  • Wet or oily surfaces
  • Spills
  • Weather hazards such as snow, rain, or ice
  • Loosely planted rugs or mats
  • Unevenly polished floors, which lead to sudden changes in traction

Trips involve the loss of balance due to the collision between the foot and an object. The common contributing factors behind trip accidents include the following:

  • Inadequate lighting or obscured vision
  • Clutter
  • Bunched up carpeting
  • Loose wires and cables
  • Open drawers
  • Uneven surfaces

The risk of slip-and-fall accidents can be significantly reduced if you practice good housekeeping, wear proper shoes with protective soles, and walk with appropriate caution and pace. If you spot a slip-and-fall hazard on another party’s premises, report it to the manager or owner right away. They have the responsibility to address any hazard and take care of them in a timely fashion in order to prevent patrons from getting hurt.

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we have helped Santa Cruz slip-and-fall victims recover significant damages in their premises liability cases. In some cases, we achieved six-figure, sometimes even seven-figure settlements. If you have any questions regarding the claims process and your particular case, call us today for a free case evaluation.