6 causes of slip-and-fall injuries that people often overlook

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Slip-and-fall injuries are often associated with icy or wet surfaces. However, many other hazards can cause people to slip and fall.

It is important to understand these risks to stay safe in Delaware. Slipping and falling (or tripping and falling) can cause traumatic brain injury, broken bones, hip fractures and many other types of injuries.

1. Loose mats and rugs

Loose mats and rugs at hotels, offices, gyms and other places can pose a significant risk for slip-and-fall injuries. When mats and rugs are not properly secured, they can easily shift underfoot and cause someone to lose their balance. People in high-traffic areas may be especially vulnerable. Unfortunately, not all establishments use nonslip backing or tape to secure items.

2. Uneven flooring

Uneven flooring is another common cause of slip-and-fall injuries. This can include anything from poorly installed tiles to differences in floor height between rooms. Small changes in floor level at a business such as a restaurant can be enough to trip someone.

3. Loose carpeting

Loose carpeting is similar to loose mats and rugs in that it can create a tripping hazard. Carpets that are not securely attached to the floor can bunch up and create ridges that are easy to trip over. Regularly checking carpets and reattaching any loose sections can help prevent these accidents.

4. Cracks

Cracks in the floor or on the ground can be dangerous at parking garages, shops, grocery stores and hotels, among other places. Over time, concrete and other materials can crack, creating an uneven surface. These cracks can catch a person’s foot and cause them to trip and fall. Regular maintenance and repair of cracked surfaces are necessary to keep walkways safe.

5. Cluttered walkways

Cluttered walkways can also lead to slip-and-fall injuries. Items left on the floor, such as groceries, tools or even cables, can be easy to trip over. Keeping walkways clear of obstructions can significantly reduce the risk of falls.

6. Poor lighting

Poor lighting can make it difficult to see potential hazards on the floor. Areas that are not well-lit can hide dangers such as steps, spills or obstacles. Ensuring that all areas, especially stairways and hallways, are well-lit can help people avoid slip-and-fall accidents.

Slip-and-fall injuries can happen virtually anywhere and at any time. Pursuing compensation can help cover medical expenses and lost wages and hold the responsible parties accountable.