A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere: at home, at the workplace, on a public sidewalk. However, they are a particular hazard in many work settings. Not only can a slip and fall accident create a physical injury, it can mean time away from work and reduced productivity. Elderly individuals have a high risk of serious injury from a slip and fall accident and are particularly vulnerable to broken bones, hip fractures, and traumatic brain injuries.

Premises liability accidents refer to accident or injury caused by a dangerous property. If a slip and fall accident was the result of improper maintenance or lack of compliance to safety codes on the part of the business or property owner, it is possible to seek compensation for the injury.

Slip and Fall Statistics

According to statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • There were 238,610 cases involving falls, slips, and trips in private industry
  • Employees in Wholesale and Retail Trade have the highest rate of slip, trip, and fall injuries
  • Nursing and residential care facilities have the second highest incident rate for nonfatal occupational injury and illness
  • Slips, trips, and falls are the second most common cause of injuries among hospital workers
  • It is estimated that workers’ compensation and medical costs associated with falls reaches $70 billion annually in the United States.

Common Causes of Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Uneven floors, sidewalks, and other walking surfaces due to cracks, grooves, holes, and other irregularities
  • Ice and snow
  • Poor lighting in stairwells, walkways, hallways
  • Dangerous clutter, such as loose cords and wires
  • Loose mats or rugs
  • Poor construction and shoddy materials

Pursuing a Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Claim

Proving liability in a slip and fall claim is not always straightforward. Was the slip and fall due to the person’s own carelessness or does the fault reasonably lie with another party? In the case of a premises accident, it must be proved that the owner of the property did not keep it safe. If you or somebody you know has suffered personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, it is advisable to seek experienced legal advice as soon as possible. In California, the time limit to file a personal injury slip and fall claim is 2 years after the accident. That statute is shorter for government claims and/or governmental entities.

At California Personal Injury Attorneys, we have extensive experience in premises liability and slip and fall personal injury cases. Although accidents resulting from slips, trips and falls are common, they are preventable. We fight to make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable for negligence, advocating both for our clients and for better conditions in the workplace and other premises.

If you would like to know more about your rights, contact our office to schedule a consultation. With locations in Los Angeles and Encino, we proudly serve the greater LA metropolitan area.