It is a common misconception that slip and trip accidents are the same thing. Though they often result in the same types of injuries, the actual cause of the accident is slightly different. A slip injury occurs when there is no traction between the person's foot and the walking surface. A trip occurs when the person's foot makes contact with another surface or object that causes them to fall. Both trip and slip injuries can occur either indoors or outdoors. Common circumstances which could be responsible for such accidents include:
- Wet Floors or Walkways, including the lack of a caution sign when floors have been mopped, or intentionally made wet. This could also include leaving the floors wet for an elongated period of time during busy daytime hours.
- Failing to fix hazardous conditions. This might include conditions such as uneven flooring, loose tiles, or other hard to notice obstructions. If these conditions exist, a warning sign should be in place.
- Unsafe Stairwell Conditions such as broken handrails, broken or uneven flooring on the steps, improperly labeled steps or differences in evenness between stairs.
- Uneven Surfaces including broken concrete, curbs, potholes and uneven parking lot areas.
- Poor Lighting is also dangerous as it makes it difficult for pedestrians to easily identify and avoid any potential dangers.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the fall after someone slips or trips, the severity of the injuries suffered can vary and can include, but are not limited to: dislocated joints, broken bones, fractures, sprains, back injuries, severe head injuries, paralysis, neck injuries, bruising, swelling and muscle stiffness.
Due to a large number of past frivolous lawsuits regarding trip and slip falls, these personal injury claims are often quite difficult to win. Therefore it is important that you consult with a board certified trial lawyer who can help you understand your personal situation and determine your individual rights to compensation. Mark Anderson has been helping hurt people across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as a PI lawyer since 1991. Mark only represents clients with valid and legitimate claims. Chances are if you care enough about your situation to research your options and legal rights by visiting my website, then you are probably not the type of "sue-happy" person who wants to pursue a frivolous claim. Give us a call, there is no obligation to hire us, and your initial consultation is completely free.
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