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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), approximately 55% of all slip and fall accidents are the result of hazardous walking surfaces. The following issues can create hazardous conditions for unsuspecting victims:

  • Loose floorboards
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Cluttered floors
  • Torn carpeting
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors
  • Poorly constructed staircases

Outdoor slip and fall injuries are frequently caused by inclement weather conditions such as rain, ice and snow. Both property owners and municipalities have a responsibility to snow plough the streets, shovel the sidewalks and salt stairways and walkways. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur from their negligence.

When slip and fall accidents occur on the job, especially if it’s a construction site or in a factory, employers may be held liable if the accident occurred due to unsafe premises or because they did not provide adequate training on the correct way to negotiate a work environment.

The NFSI reports that approximately 24% of slip and fall accidents are caused by footwear. Sneakers, work boots and high heel shoes may not provide enough traction and can cause people to slip and fall at their job and in their day-to-day life.

In nursing homes, slip and fall accidents can be deadly. Some seniors have an increased risk of falling, and if they fall they may sustain injuries, such as hip fractures, that are life-threatening. If the nursing home administrator or management fails to monitor and protect their residents, the results can be devastating.

The NFSI also reported that 3% of slip and fall claims are fraudulent. Because of this, being compensated for a legitimate claim may be challenging. Finding an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about personal injury claims is crucial. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. We have helped countless accident victims and we can help you too. Call 800-529-2676 or email [email protected].