Some common causes of slip, trip, and falls include:
- Slippery, greasy, or oily floors
- Un-mopped spills
- Recently waxed floors
- Lack of warning signs, such as “Caution: Wet Floors”
- Wet or uneven surfaces
- Cracks in the sidewalk
- Icy or wet parking lots
- Obstacles blocking pathways and aisles
- Cluttered floors
- Loose, torn, or curled carpeting
- Exposed cords running on the ground
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or loose floorboards
- Exposed tree roots
- Dangerous or faulty staircases
- Hidden holes and ditches
- Unsafe construction zones
If you are involved in a slip, trip, and fall:
Seek medical attention. Your health and safety are important. It’s also a very critical step in proving your injuries.
- Report your fall and get a copy of your report.
- Identify any witnesses and get their contact information.
- Take photos of everything at the scene, even if you don’t know what you are taking a picture of.
- Save the shoes you were wearing. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to ask for them later.
- Make notes of your injury, symptoms, and pain. Make note of the dates as well. Memories fade over time.
There are four elements in a slip, trip, and fall case:
- First and foremost, you have to identify the property owners. Many times, you will need a copy of the leasing agreement.
- You must show that you were an invitee or a licensee. This determines the level of responsibility a property owner has to keep you safe on their property.
- You must show that your injury was caused by the property owner’s negligence or carelessness.
- You must show that you have medical bills, missed time from work, and suffered physical and emotional distress.
If a property owner could have reasonably foreseen the potential for your injuries, he or she may be liable for any damages that result.