Common Causes & Injuries for Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and falls can be dangerous and deadly. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for people aged 65 and older, and they are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for elderly Americans. Each year, over eight million people visit emergency rooms across the country as a result of falls. Slip and falls account for over one million of those visits. Below, we discuss some of the more common causes of slip and fall accidents and the injuries that commonly result. Reach out to a dedicated Bronx slip and fall injury lawyer if you’ve been hurt on someone else’s premises in New York City.

Common slip & fall causes

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. A restaurant may not be vigilantly patrolling for spills, a department store may have installed a loose, slippery rug, a supermarket may fail to keep an entryway free from ice and rain. So long as the owner or manager of the premises either caused the hazard or should have known about and addressed the hazard, anyone injured as a result of the hazard may have a claim for damages.

Accidents that commonly lead to slip & fall premises liability claims include:

  • Slippery floors due to liquid spills, freshly cleaned or waxed floors, splashed grease or oil, as well as ice, snow, rain, and other environmental causes
  • Uneven surfaces or surfaces that suddenly change material (such as carpet to wood)
  • Lack of adequate lighting in corridors and hallways
  • Loose stairs or railings
  • Discarded equipment, trash, or other debris
  • Loose floorboards
  • Obtrusive electronic cords
  • Broken or cracked sidewalks
  • Potholes in parking lots

Common injuries in slip & fall cases

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can cause significant impact damage to unsuspecting victims. Whether you fall on a hard floor, down a flight of stairs, or on the concrete outside a building, a fall can do serious damage. Some of the more common types of injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Serious bruises
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hip, wrist, ankle, and shoulder injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, tears, and sprains
  • Concussion
  • Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Shoulder and neck injuries
  • Knee damage

Help With a Bronx Slip & Fall Claim

If you or someone you love has been hurt on someone else’s premises in New York, find out if you’re entitled to money damages for your injuries by contacting the seasoned and effective New York slip & fall lawyers at the Bronx offices of the Kohn Law Firm for a free consultation at 718-409-1200.

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