Slip and Fall Injuries
Slips and falls happen more often than most of us would expect, and they can happen quite suddenly. When slips, trips, and falls do take place, they can result in debilitating injuries, such as broken bones and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Depending on where your slip and fall accident takes place, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. An experienced Champaign slip and fall lawyer can help with your case.
Learning More About Workplace Slips, Trips, and Falls
Property owners owe a duty to many different kinds of people who step onto their property to ensure that the property is free of hazards. In particular, employers must ensure that their workplaces don’t have obvious dangers that can lead to an employee’s slip, trip, or fall accident.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute and the National Safety Council, most workplace slip and fall accidents can be prevented. Slips and falls are actually one of the leading accident costs for many different businesses, and they account for nearly 15 percent of all workers’ compensation claims across the country. That equates to approximately $8 billion spent each year in workers’ compensation costs for largely preventable slips and falls. And when a slip and fall accident doesn’t result in a workers’ compensation claim, it can be the basis for filing a premises liability lawsuit against a business.
Identifying and Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents at Businesses
At workplaces, employers need to ensure that floors don’t contain hazards that could lead to a dangerous slip and fall accident. Some of the following situations occur with some frequency at places of business, and they’re easily remedied before a debilitating accident occurs:
- Tripping hazards in walkways or around cubicles, often from computer cords or extension cords;
- Boxes, office supplies, and other clutter blocking aisles at a place of business and creating a tripping hazard;
- Parking lots and/or sidewalks with cracks and holes that go unrepaired;
- Water or ice machines leaking water onto the floor, making a slip and fall accident much more likely;
- Rugs and carpets placed on slick tile surfaces without any padding to keep them in place;
- Floors finished unevenly;
- Staircases without rails; and
- Improper lighting around stairways or areas with uneven flooring.
While some of these situations are easier to repair than others, the National Safety Council recommends that businesses take some of the following steps to ensure that their workplaces are safe for employees, as well as for anyone who may have legitimate business on the property:
- Regularly inspect the facility to ensure that no spills or tripping hazards have arisen;
- Install carpeting or use slip-resistant rug pads;
- Provide enough lighting so that employees can see clearly in staircases and can identify potential tripping hazards;
- Install railings in stairways; and
- Use warning signs to alert employees to hazards that cannot be remedied immediately.
Contact an Aurora Slip and Fall Lawyer
Don’t hesitate to discuss your case with an experienced Aurora premises liability lawyer. The attorneys at Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices can analyze your situation today and can help you move forward with filing a claim for financial compensation.