Nearly three million people are injured in Slip & Fall accidents each year. Unfortunately, some 15,000 of those falls result in fatalities. Most slip/trip and fall accidents are preventable since they are typically the result of conditions such as water, ice, paint or other foreign substances on a walking surface that cause the accident. More often than not, negligence of a property owner or cleaning company is the cause of a slip and fall accident. If danger does exist, such as a spilled substance on the floor, you should expect to be effectively warned. But that is not always the case and in some instances, pedestrians are put at risk.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, including:
- Grocery/department stores
- Office buildings
In general, a premise hazard as it relates to slip and falls exists when the fall results from a foreign substance on the floor or from an otherwise unreasonable slippery condition. Merchants, such as grocery stores and department stores, fall under a stricter standard. In these cases, plaintiff attorneys must prove, among other things that the merchant either created, or had actual or constructive notice of the condition that caused the injuries, prior to the occurrence.