Every day, 25,000 people slip and fall in the United States. Many of those accidents take place at work and may result in serious injury. Here are some of the biggest workplace slip hazards and how to avoid them.
The Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Here are a few things that California businesses will want to watch out for, and things that employees should report immediately in order to keep the workplace safe.
- Slippery surfaces
- Wet surfaces due to cleaning
- Wet surfaces due to leaks
- Wet surfaces due to foot traffic on a rainy day
- Poorly lit areas
- Uneven surfaces
- Poorly marked transitions (i.e. a sudden step down)
Use of wet floor signs, quick cleanup of dangerous situations, proper lighting, and well-marked areas where a person should watch his or her step can do much to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
The first thing to do after an injury is sustained at the workplace is to fill out an accurate injury report. One should also communicate with and get contact information from any eyewitnesses. Since it is very rare for a slip and fall to happen without something that caused it, an important step is to document the problem by taking pictures before anything can be changed.
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If you slipped and fell, especially on a commercial property such as a grocery store or restaurant, you should immediately call a lawyer. If the lawyer can prove that it wasn’t your fault, you can get help in paying for medical bills and recovering money from time away from your job.
Don’t wait. When there has been a serious fall, the owner or manager of the property is going to move quickly to fix whatever caused your fall. The sooner you act, the sooner your lawyer can take photos and talk to employees about the problems on the property.
There are three ways the courts will determine if the business owner was at fault:
1) Did the owner cause the problem?
2) Did they already know there was a dangerous spot on the property? (Have there been problems in the past?)
3) Would a normal person taking care of the property have noticed and fixed the problem? (Are they neglecting the property?)
If you can answer yes to any of those questions, you and your lawyer can file a personal injury claim against the business. You will want to a doctor to document your injuries. If you don’t have a doctor, your lawyer can recommend someone who specializes in slip and fall accidents.
There is no need to feel embarrassed or to apologize for your fall. You are not a con-artist. You visited the business in good faith. You are just looking for the owner to take responsibility for the property.Read More