Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to represent injured workers and visitors to public places who suffer serious and preventable slip, trip, and fall injuries.
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Slip and fall lawsuits have a bad reputation. But the truth of the matter is, such accidents are very serious, and most could and should have been prevented if property owners and operators had been diligent.
Do not take our word for it. The Occupational Health & Safety Organization (OSHA) has determined that property owners and operators could (and should) have prevented these accidents.
OSHA reports that every year, 12,000 people in the United States die in slip and fall accidents. Slip and falls are second only to auto accidents in the number of deaths per year. That figure does not include the many serious and disabling slip and fall injuries that do not result in death.
Many people trip and are injured because a surface is too slick to walk.
One common reason is the presence of a slippery liquid or substance. Things like mud, grease, oil, food, offal, and even water are common culprits. Even dry products like dust, powder, wood chips, foil, leaves, plants, debris, and plastic create issues. Oftentimes employers and property owners negligently allow these substances to sit for hours without properly tagging, barricading, or removing the hazard. An unnecessary accident usually results.
In many cases, the walking surface itself is too slippery. Highly polished or waxed floors including concrete, marble, and ceramic tile can cause a slip and fall. Transitional areas between different kinds of walking surfaces also cause problems.
Other slip hazards noted by OSHA include sloped surfaces and ramps, unanchored rugs or mats, loose floorboards or tiles, metal surfaces, uneven terrain, and surfaces that lack skid-resistant material.
Of course, the absence of safety handrails and warning signs can also cause slip and falls.
In many cases, several of these factors combine to create a dangerous condition that injures someone.
A trip is when a person runs into something or steps down and loses balance. Several things can create unacceptable trip hazards. Examples include:
Many patrons and visitors suffer serious slip and fall injuries in a public place such as a supermarket, museum, parking garage, or movie theater. Most all of these accidents could have been prevented if the property owner or operator had taken proper precautions or remedial steps.
Most times, a property owner or operator has a legal duty to keep public places safe for patrons and visitors. An injured patron or visitor is entitled to compensation if that duty is not satisfied.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury in a public place, it is important that you contact us now for a free, confidential consultation before your rights are jeopardized.
Over 17 percent of disabling work injuries are caused by slip, trip, and fall accidents.
OSHA regulations including 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D are intended to provide minimum standards that prevent these accidents. Some of these minimum requirements include:
If you or a loved one has suffered an on-the-job injury, it is important that you contact us now for a free, confidential consultation before your rights are jeopardized.
Although not effective in all circumstances, one method for determining whether a surface is unreasonably slippery is to calculate its “coefficient of friction,” in other words its resistance to slip accidents. There are both static (stationary) and dynamic (in motion) coefficients of friction. A dynamic calculation is usually preferable.
In an effort to avoid paying compensation to injured parties, many property owners, operators, and workplace proprietors will employ paid experts to manipulate the coefficient of friction in an effort to make it appear as though there was no unsafe slip and fall risk.
You need someone on your side to fight back against these tactics. Please contact us now to discuss how we can help.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.