Slip and fall accidents are among the top reasons why New York residents get injured. It’s important to know the most common causes of these types of accidents.
What can cause slip and fall accidents?
Floors that are wet, slick or slippery from spilled liquids, recent mopping or waxing can easily cause a slip and fall accident. If a person walks across the surface and isn’t wearing shoes with good traction, they can fall and suffer a serious injury.
If carpeting, rugs or mats are uneven, tattered or raised up from the floor, it can make for a dangerous situation resulting in injuries.
Stairs may also be dangerous if they are in disrepair, lack handrails or if there are objects or debris on them.
Outdoor surfaces covered with rain, snow or ice can also cause an accident. Property owners are required to ensure that their grounds outside are in good condition for visitors, tenants and others who have the legal right to be there. Surfaces should also be in good condition and even to prevent a potential slip and fall.
What injuries can occur in slip and fall accidents?
There are different injuries a person can suffer after a slip and fall accident. For young children and older adults, the most common type is traumatic brain injury. Some people can sustain broken bones or dislocations from slip and fall accidents as well.
Spinal cord injuries, including those that lead to paralysis, are also common depending on the circumstances of the accident. For example, if a person falls down a flight of stairs, they are more likely to suffer this type of catastrophic injury. Soft tissue injuries, muscle strains and sprains are also common.