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The Difference Between Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall Accidents

Posted in Slip and Fall on September 8, 2021

When a person sustains a fall injury as a result of the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, they can sustain significant injuries that lead to major setbacks. Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of their premises for those who have a right to be there, and if they fail to maintain proper walkways, this can lead to “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents. Data from the National Safety Council shows that falls are among the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the US, and these falls are often the result of slip or trip hazards.

The Difference Between Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall Accidents

The Difference Between Slip and Trip Accidents

When we are talking about the difference between a slip and fall or trip involved, we are basically looking at the mechanism of the incident.

  • Slip and fall. Slip and fall incidents occur in a variety of ways, usually because of a slippery or wet surface on the ground. Some of the main causes of slip and fall accidents include:
    • Food or drinks bills that have not been promptly cleaned
    • Leaks from the ceiling or condensation from refrigerated devices
    • Loose carpeting or mats that slide when stepped on
    • Recently mopped or waxed floors without a “wet floor sign” present
    • Small objects such as beads on the floor
    • Possible ice accumulation when temperatures drop
  • Trip and fall. Though the results are similar, trip and fall incidents have other causes, including:
    • Obstacles in pedestrian pathways
    • Fixed objects in unexpected locations
    • Uneven walking surfaces
    • Electrical cords on the ground

Unfortunately, individuals who suffer from a slip or trip and fall injury can sustain a wide range of injuries. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Open head wounds
  • Facial fractures
  • Dramatic brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Sprained or strained joints
  • Herniation of vertebrae
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Knee injuries
  • Bruises or contusions

Working With an Attorney to Recover Compensation

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. You need to work with a skilled premises liability attorney who can examine the facts of the case and determine the liability of other parties. If a property owner failed to uphold their duty of care to keep you safe on their premises, they could be held liable. You may be entitled to various types of compensation, including coverage of:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Household out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of quality of life damages

An attorney will gather any documentation pertaining to the injury. This could include video surveillance of the incident as well as photographs taken after the slip and fall occurred. An attorney will also speak to any eyewitnesses and look into whether or not the property owner has had any history of slip and fall injuries on their premises. Importantly, an attorney will handle negotiations with insurance carriers in order to recover compensation on your behalf, and they will fully prepare the case for trial if necessary to ensure you are treated fairly.

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