Common Causes of Slip and Falls

Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation

a "caution, wet floor" sign warning of potential danger of slips and falls.
Slip and fall incidents are common, and they happen in many different scenarios. If you slipped and fell at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Discover the most common causes of slip and fall accidents.

What are Slip and Falls?

Slip and fall accidents are a type of personal injury. Personal injury occurs when someone’s negligence results in an injury to another. When an incident occurs in a business, the victim may seek compensation from the owner if the conditions that led to the injury were avoidable.

Negligence is the basis of a personal injury claim. If the conditions that led to the injury are preventable by common sense and maintenance, a business owner may become liable for the medical care and expenses.

Causes of Slip and Falls

External Conditions

The exterior of a building is essential to maintain, especially for safety. While personal injury may not always occur, the property owner must maintain the property to protect employees. Some negligent conditions include:

  • Raised walkways and poorly maintained sidewalks
  • Icy conditions
  • Broken railings
  • Cracked and uneven steps

Inside Spaces

Maintaining a business’ interior helps protect customers and employees. Floor materials may be slick and require constant maintenance. Spills and leaks, such as those from refrigerators and ice machines, are a hazard. Carpeted floors with holes and popped seams also make falling more likely.

Product Displays

Aisles that display products can be hazardous if not properly maintained. When a store owner packs too much merchandise on shelves or end caps, objects may fall and injure consumers or employers. Spillage from products may cause slip and falls, resulting in a serious back or head injury.

How We Help

If you slipped and fell because of workplace negligence, our experienced work injury lawyers can help you achieve the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with Golitko & Daly, call us at 317-566-9600 (Indianapolis)765-865-9300 (Bloomington), or 812-566-2600 (Kokomo), or complete our online inquiry form*. If you were harmed through medical treatments or neglect, we hope to hear from you. We have offices in Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Bloomington to serve you.