According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents contribute to approximately 8.9 million emergency department visits every year. Any person can be involved in a fall accident, but some groups of people may be at especially high risk. For instance, senior citizens have a much higher risk of suffering an injury in a slip and fall accident.
Slip and falls can occur anywhere -- at home or work, or at a mall, restaurant, hotel, supermarket or any commercial space. No matter where they occur, slip and falls can cause serious injuries.
Some of the most frequent injuries caused in slip and fall accidents are:
- head injuries;
- sprains; and
- spinal cord injuries.
Consequences of Slip and Falls
A slip and fall accident can have long-term consequences on a person’s health. Even when injuries heal, there may be repercussions that prevent a person from going back to work or returning to the same job. For instance, a hand fracture could prevent a worker from going back to his or her previous job even after the fracture has healed because of the reduced range of motion or movement in his or her hand.
Senior citizens may be at even higher risk of long-term consequences after suffering a fall because fractures and other injuries take much longer to heal. If the fall results in a brain injury or a spinal cord injury, there may be long-term health consequences that leave the person unable to live a normal, productive life.
Slip and Fall Prevention at Home
Many seniors suffer fall accidents in the home. Some slip and fall prevention tips for inside the home include:
- installing high-traction, non-slip flooring;
- reducing the use of carpets and rugs; and
- keeping walking areas clutter-free.
Install grab bars in the showers and bathtub areas and place non-slip mats on the bathroom floor.
Outside the home, premises liability can become a little murky, especially if the homeowner’s property contains an attractive nuisance – like a pool – to which children may be drawn. Homeowners must take special precautions against attracting children by installing fencing or similar to guard against children sustaining trespassing injuries.
Slip and Fall Prevention in Commercial Spaces
Customers, visitors, guests and patrons of hotels, restaurants and other commercial spaces in Peachtree City can be at risk for accidents because of the negligence of property owners and operators. Slip and fall prevention on commercial premises hinges greatly on ensuring floors are wiped clean and dry after spills.
If you are a commercial premises owner, there is much that you can do to prevent slip and fall accidents on for your properties. Use high-traction flooring, instead of slippery materials, like granite. Equip staircases with strong, sturdy guardrails and inspect stairways frequently to make sure that there are no broken edges that could cause a trip. Corridors and hallways must be well illuminated.
Prevention of Slip and Falls in Workplaces
Peachtree City employers must provide workers training in identifying fall hazards and avoiding the same. Cordon off areas that have high slip and fall risks to restrict them only to employees who need to work there.
Clean up spills immediately and place signs warning workers about spills or greasy/slippery work areas.
If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall on someone else's property, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Call (404) 474-0804 to speak with slip and fall accident lawyer Jason Schultz about your rights to compensation.