The Difference Between Slip & Fall And Trip & Fall Accidents

An area of personal injury law known as premises liability covers injuries that occur on the property of another person. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, a person or business responsible for the property may be liable for your damages under this area of the law.

Common Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Injuries

Injuries are common in stores, offices, arenas, and other public locations. Each year, more than 9 million Americans are injured by falls at work, at home, and in public. Each year, an additional 34,000 people die from accidental falls.

Intriguingly, the types of injuries frequently depend on whether a slip or trip caused the fall. The direction of the fall is the primary distinction between slipping and falling and tripping and falling. The injuries caused by a backward fall after a slip differ from those caused by a forward fall after a trip.

When you lose your footing due to conditions on the ground’s surface, you slip.

Examples of frequent causes of slips include:

  • Ice or snow Melts Liquid
  • Water puddles
  • fatty foods

When you cannot maintain your balance because you have lost your footing, you will slip and fall. Grapes on the floor of grocery stores are a frequent cause of slip-and-fall accidents. Their weight crushes the grape, creating an instant lubricant between their shoe and the tile floor of the grocery store.

As the individual’s foot slides forward, they will fall backward. As the individual is falling, he may reach back to catch himself. This backward fall and the subsequent attempt to stop it will predictably result in several injuries.

Typical examples include:

  • Fractures of the arm, wrist, elbow, or shoulder
  • Torn or strained back muscles
  • Broken hip
  • fractured vertebrae and bones, including the cervical and lumbar regions
  • Herniated or rupturing discs

In severe falls, the victim’s head may make contact with the ground. This may result in a fractured skull or brain injury.

Trips occur when the leg’s motion changes unexpectedly. For instance, your foot may become entangled in an obstruction, causing you to lose your balance, or your footing may shift or shift away.

These are some common causes of trips:

  • Uneven pavement
  • Broken flooring
  • Damaged, loose, or wavy carpet
  • Broken or deteriorating steps
  • A thing on the floor
  • Changes in elevation, such as a threshold, step up, or step down into a room.

Because your forward momentum causes you to lose your balance, trips result in falls. Consequently, you will typically fall forward after tripping. This fall forward results in distinct injuries.

Common trip and fall injuries include the following:

  • Constricted neck (commonly known as whiplash)
  • facial contusions and facial fractures
  • Hand, wrist, arm, elbow, or shoulder fractures
  • Skull fracture
  • Brain damage
  • Knee strains and ankle sprains
  • Injuries to the leg, ankle, knee, and hip ligaments

Many of these injuries occur when you extend your arms or take a step forward in an attempt to break your fall.

Obtaining Compensation for Slip or Trip and Fall Injuries

The property owner or manager is liable for injuries that occur on their property if they:

  • Known or should have reasonably known about the hazardous condition that led to the injury
  • Failed to take reasonable measures to correct or warn guests about the hazardous condition.

It must be demonstrated whether the injury was the result of a slip and fall or a trip and fall. In most cases, proving liability for a slip-and-fall accident will be identical to proving liability for a trip-and-fall accident.

Using the same procedures for both types of injuries, you will demonstrate the liable party’s knowledge of the hazard or negligence in failing to discover it.

For instance, your personal injury attorney may:

  • Witnesses, employees, and managers are interviewed.
  • Examine videotapes
  • Investigate the accident site

This data will assist your attorney in establishing the facts necessary to support your claim against the property owner or tenant. Interviews with witnesses and employees may reveal, for instance, that a customer informed the manager of a spill. This would demonstrate awareness of the risk.

A property owner or tenant is only required to take reasonable steps to remedy the hazard or warn visitors about it. You will likely be the most credible witness regarding whether or not reasonable measures were taken. Due to the fact that the hazard caused you to slip or trip, you will likely be able to demonstrate that no reasonable precautions were taken.

If you caused your injury by ignoring a warning sign or jumping a barrier, there may be an exception. In this instance, a judge or jury could determine that the business is not liable for your injuries because the owners took reasonable precautions to prevent them.

Failure to remedy or warn about the hazard must be both the actual and proximate cause of your injury. Because slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents result in typical and predictable injuries, proving causation in these cases can be relatively straightforward.

Consequently, if you sustained a wrist fracture and a concussion as a result of a trip and fall, your attorney can easily argue that these injuries were caused by the trip and were a predictable consequence of it. Similarly, you should be able to establish causation if you have a herniated disc and whiplash after a slip-and-fall accident.

Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Slip or Trip and Fall Case

You can recover the same types of damages regardless of whether you slipped and fell or tripped and fell.

Examples of typical recoverable damages include:

  • Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses: Expenses for medical care, physical therapy, and medications.
  • This is the income you lost as a result of missed work while recovering from your injury.
  • Pain and Suffering: These damages attempt to quantify the mental anguish, decreased quality of life, and physical suffering you endured as a direct result of your injury.

Working with an attorney familiar with cases similar to yours involving premises liability can help ensure that all of your damages are properly identified and valued.

The Similarities Between Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Outweigh the Differences

After your accident, you will discover that the primary distinction between a slip and fall and trip and fall case is the nature of the injuries sustained. Whether you slipped or tripped, your case against the person or business that controlled the property will be identical.

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