Slip and fall accidents affect people across the United States every year, and can cause serious harm to those young and old alike. Typically involving negligence – most often that of the property owner where the slip and fall happens – consider the three top causes of slip and fall accidents in the U.S.–
Spills and Slippery Surfaces
Spills of food, drink, and various other substances, like chemicals, as well as icy, rainy, or snowy weather can create hazardous walking conditions. One of the most dangerous conditions created in the cold weather is known as Black Ice. Most of the time, these types of slip and fall can be completely prevented by mitigating spill hazards in the first place (i.e properly storing liquids) or cleaning up spills as soon as they are noticed.
Broken or Hazardous Flooring and Stairs
Another top cause of slip and fall accidents are broken or hazardous flooring and stairs. This might include:
- Broken stairs;
- Torn carpets;
- Holes in walking areas;
- Cracked sidewalk;
- Loose mats; or
- Loose floorboards or tiles.
Again, these hazards should be corrected as soon as possible from when they are noticed, and should be warned against or blocked off.
Nursing Home Neglect
The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of injury and death for older Americans, many of whom would not fall but for the negligence of a care provider. Nursing homes have an obligation to ensure that patients are protected from fall hazards, and that at-risk patients are supervised and assisted when walking. When this duty is breached, an elderly patient may suffer serious harm.