Unfortunately, injuries occurring from slips, trips and falls is very common. What isn’t usually considered though, is how a simple slip, trip or fall can cause a serious injury.
Did you know that there is a difference between a ‘slip’ and a ‘trip’?
A slip is typically due to a liquid or spillage on the floor surface.
A trip is typically due to your foot unexpectedly coming into contact with an object or hazard.
The fall is self explanatory – and renders the slip or the trip more serious if you in fact then fall over.
Common incidents include:
- slipping and falling on liquid left on the ground;
- slipping and falling on slippery flooring of a shop;
- tripping over an object;
- tripping over uneven ground;
- tripping and falling due to poor lighting;
- tripping and falling due to broken steps; and
- tripping and falling due to a lack of handrails.
Common injuries can include:
- sprains or strains;
- broken bones;
- bruising; and
- back injury.
The individual circumstances of an incident will affect whether a damages claim can be successfully brought against a Defendant, whether it be an incident at a workplace or within the public.