The CDC reports that, in 2002, nearly 13,000 people over the age of 65 died as the results of slip and fall accidents. Fall accidents can be particularly devastating if the person who is involved in the accident has trouble with weakened bones or other medical issues. There are some things you can do to reduce the chances that you or someone you know will be involved in one of these accidents.
The first thing you’ll want to do when entering a new space is to check the area for obstructions. In small stores and other public places, watch out for display tables and other hazards that you may need to accommodate when walking around the space. Check near tables to make sure there’s nothing on the floor.
Be particularly wary for cords. Smart business owners place cords under devices that keep them pinned to the floor and that create a safe surface to step over. If you see cords taped to the floor or otherwise poorly secured, be wary of them.
Before you go up or down stairs in a home or in a commercial property, take a second to assess their condition. Make sure you note any that are uneven or damaged. This is particularly important for people who have a hard time seeing or keeping their balance, as it’s easy to take a tumble down stairs that are uneven without even knowing that the hazard existed.
Be wary if you see a part of a floor that seems shinier than the rest. It could mean that there is something on the surface that could compromise your traction. Even if you don’t see any standing liquid, the higher shine could mean that there is extra wax on the floor or that there is a substance on it that is not thick enough to pool but that could compromise your traction if you try to cross it. Go around the area, if possible.
If you do happen to be injured, talk to a lawyer about slip and fall property owner liability. Sometimes, the reason you fell will turn out to have been negligence on the part of the property owner and that means you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against them for damages. The damages you win could be enough to cover your medical costs and other expenses.
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