Slip and fall accidents happen every day in Rhode Island and across the United States, with victims suffering a variety of injuries ranging from sprains and bruises to spinal cord damage and permanent paralysis. With the winter months upon us in southern New England and the risk for severe injuries multiplied during these months, it is important to be aware of the hazards that could cause a slip and fall in winter and throughout the year.
Rhode Island slip and fall accidents occur when a person loses traction on the ground he or she is walking on, causing the victim to quickly lose balance and fall to the ground suddenly and often with little time to brace oneself. Slip and fall accidents occurring on hard surfaces or from a great height (such as stairs) can compound and exacerbate injuries. Common causes for slip and falls include:
When a liquid is spilled and not immediately cleaned up, uninformed passersby can easily slip due to a sudden lack of friction. Water can easily cause slips, but soapy liquids and liquids on hard, smooth surfaces are the most hazardous.
Icy surfaces are dangerous to walk on as it is difficult to gain traction on untreated surfaces and often unnoticeable. “Black ice,” (ice that appears as a liquid puddle) is an extreme hazard as it is very easy to be unprepared for the surface to be slick.
Some surfaces are naturally more slick and smooth than others, presenting a greater likelihood for slips to occur and making spilled liquids even more dangerous. Common slick surfaces include: ceramic tiles, vinyl composition tiles, terrazzo, marble, and granite.
Changes in Surface Types
Floor type changes from a non-slip to slick surface suddenly and with little warning, can easily cause someone to lose his or her footing as they are unprepared to adjust. Highly slick or polished surfaces are especially dangerous when encountered unknowingly.
Any of these hazards can occur from improper maintenance and negligence from a property owner; as such, victims have the right to find compensation for their injuries from those responsible. The Providence slip and fall lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush understand the pain and financial hardships that can result from these accidents and are dedicated to assisting their clients in finding proper compensation and recovering from their losses. For more information on how we can help you in your case, call us today at 401-274-7400.