Slips and falls can cause severe injury and lead to costly medical bills. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average hospital cost of a slip and fall injury is more than $30,000.
These accidents are generally the result of preventable circumstances if businesses and individuals take time to keep their properties safe for employees, customers, and guests.
How Significant are Slip and Fall Injuries?
- Slip: An incident caused by a lack of sufficient friction between a person’s feet and their walking surface.
- Fall: The result of a slip that happens when an irregular body movement disrupts balance.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates slip and falls account for 14% of accidental deaths.
Data from the BLS also shows falls were the third leading cause of death in 2017 for Alabama workers.
How to Avoid a Slip and Fall Injury
With a bit of vigilance and precaution, slip and fall accidents and injuries can be avoided. We’ve provided five tips that will help keep you from getting hurt from a slip and fall.
#1 – Wear Proper Footwear
Fitted, comfortable footwear that offers traction on the sole is a surefire way to limit unstable footing.
#2 – Post Signs
Post safety signs if there are any hazards present that will cause a slip and fall. This will signal to anyone that the area is unsafe and remind them to take caution while moving about.
#3 – Keep a Tidy Space
Make sure cords, boxes, and other items are clear of any pathways. If you notice a spill, clean it immediately, as falls are responsible for 8 million emergency room visits yearly.
#4 – Proper Lighting
If you or your guests or customers can’t see due to inadequate lighting, then that may be an accident waiting to happen. Proper lighting makes it much easier to avoid trip hazards.
If the pathway is dim and you are unfamiliar with the area or unsure of potential hazards, use a flashlight or alternate source of light to guide your path.
#5 – Eliminate Slippery Surfaces
If a surface is wet or slippery, clean and dry the area to prevent falls. If you are the person responsible for making sure the surface is safe to walk on, please use caution as you clean. Walk; do not run.
What To Do If You Suffer a Slip and Fall Injury
Unfortunately, slip and falls happen every day, but by no means are they a minor issue. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that walking surfaces account for 55% of slips, trips, and falls.
If you educate yourself, recognize danger zones, and remain vigilant in maintaining clean and tidy spaces in your home and workplaces, you lower the risk of having to deal with hospital bills and life-changing damage to your physical and mental health.
However, accidents do happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact the experienced attorneys at Timberlake & League. We can help.