What Are Common Reasons People Slip and Fall?

June 23rd, 2014 | by RON BELL

People are injured while at work or running errands at the grocery store.  One of the most common injuries in Albuquerque, New Mexico come from slip and falls.  Some of the reasons that people are injured in a slip and fall accident are due to factors that the owner or management were not responsible with their handling, such as:

  • Lack of posted warning signs
  • Overly waxing floors
  • Obstructions on the walk space areas
  • Damaged rugs
  • Worn out mats
  • Broken or damaged stairs or hand rails
  • Uneven surfaces including stairwells, rises and runs of various degree
  • Dangerous oils or other slick chemicals in parking lots and other areas

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were over 15,000 people that died as a result of falls within a one year period.  Furthermore, slip and falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury in the U.S. and account for more than 11.5 million minor injuries which did not require hospitalization.  Many of these injuries are caused by acts of negligence by property owners and managers.

Of those that are injured from slip and fall accidents, many sustain fractured bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), head injuries and back injuries.  If you’re injured from a fall, it is very important to immediately seek medical attention.  There may be injuries that cause serious medical problems at a later time that you are unaware of.  Also, if the injury is an act of negligence on the part of a property owner or manager, having medical documentation will provide professional evidence to substantiate your case if you choose to file a claim for injury settlement compensation.  Contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible is advisable in order to ensure your rights are protected.

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