Slip and fall accidents are common and can result in serious injuries. Slips and falls cause 5% of all work-related deaths for women and 11% for men, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
To stay safe, it is helpful to be aware of the most common types of slip and fall accidents.
Spills, leaks, food, rain and water from floor cleaning operations can create slippery conditions that frequently cause falls in workplaces, homes and businesses. These types of accidents are among the most preventable.
Rain and snow can make surfaces outdoors slick and may blow in doorways making indoor floors slippery. Additionally, storms can create debris, such as fallen limbs, that may be a tripping hazard.
Patients in nursing homes and hospitals may have difficulty standing and walking. This can lead to accidents when patients are not adequately supervised.
Even when people are walking carefully, uneven surfaces can result in slips and falls. Flooring and other surfaces that are uneven because of loose materials, damage, old carpeting, improperly laid mats and poor construction frequently cause slip-and-fall accidents.
Environmental hazards, such as poor lighting, debris on the floor, open drawers or cabinets and electrical cords frequently cause accidents in businesses and workplaces. Property owners must keep their property free of these types of hazards.
The negligence of third parties often contributes to conditions that cause many slip-and-fall accidents. However, Maryland’s contributory negligence law makes it particularly challenging for victims to recover compensation. If someone else’s negligence caused your slip and fall injury, it is vitally important to prove that your actions did not contribute.