Common slip and Fall Accidents
How many times have you tripped on a cracked sidewalk or lost your balance on a wet floor at work? For most employees, it’s happened on numerous occasions. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims as well as the primary reason for occupational injury in workers age 55 and older. The impact of a slip and fall accident can range from a minor bruise or sprain to spinal injury or even death.
At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we’ve represented hundreds of slip and fall victims in the San Diego area. Our workers compensation attorneys have seen it all, and they know exactly what causes these types of accidents. Because of this, we also know how to build a strong case to help our clients collect the benefits they desperately need. Here are the five most common causes of slip and fall accidents, and what to do if you believe one of these dangerous factors led to your injury.
1. Weather conditions
A rainy San Diego day can make some outdoor surfaces slick and dangerous to walk on. Employers are responsible for keeping all outdoor walkways safe for those who use them. If a worker slips and falls due to the employer’s neglect to keep up with changing weather conditions, the employer may be held legally responsible for the injury.
2. Wet or uneven walking surfaces
In another statistic from the National Floor Safety Institute, 55 percent of slip and fall accidents are due to hazardous walking surfaces. Cluttered walkways, loose floorboards, uneven sidewalks, torn carpeting, and recently mopped or waxed floors all make walking surfaces dangerous and can cause a slip and fall accident.
3. Improper on-the-job training
Employers in some work areas, such as construction and manufacturing, are responsible for providing on-the-job training to help employees avoid slip and fall accidents. If an employer fails to supply workers with training on how to carefully navigate slick surfaces and narrow walkways, they could be liable for a slip and fall injury.
4. Poor lighting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates well-lit workplaces. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, employers have to pay extra close attention to walkways, sidewalks, and staircases that aren’t properly lit. Improper lighting can make it difficult to safely navigate the workplace and to see potential dangers that could cause a slip and fall accident.
5. Improperly maintained stairways
Stairways that are not properly maintained can pose a serious risk to workers. Debris, broken handrails and uneven surfaces can all contribute to a slip and fall, as can a spilled substance. If the stairs are made of highly polished wood that is more slippery than stone or carpet, the employer may be liable for sacrificing safety for aesthetics.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident?
While the majority of slip and fall cases are legitimate, there are some instances where a claimant will facilitate his or her own accident to seek compensation. Fraud is rare, but it does exist, which can make it difficult to win a slip and fall case on your own. At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys know exactly what to do to prove the legitimacy of your case and will guide you on the best course of action to help you collect the benefits you deserve. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.