As with any type of accident, the victim of an accident doesn’t wake up one morning knowing or planning to get into an accident. When accidents occur, it can happen suddenly without any warning – leaving a victim in pain and sometimes unable to work or return to life as they knew it.
Slip and fall accidents are one of those types of accidents that happen without a moments notice. In fact, slip and fall accidents in Florida occur frequently and are actually the leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In order to bring attention to this type of accident, the NSC has named the month of June “National Safety Month,” with the fourth week of June focusing on preventing slips, trip and fall accidents.
By centering this week on slip and falls, the NSC is hoping to encourage organizations, companies and individuals to participate in National Safety Month to bring attention to critical safety issues, such as preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace and at home as well.
Common Locations for Florida Fall Accidents to Occur
Falls can occur anywhere at anytime, but the most common areas that falls take place include: uneven surfaces, ramps, areas prone to spills or wetness, areas with heavy traffic, doorways and hallways. The most common location of fall accidents to another level include: stairs, ladders, unstable work surfaces, and unguarded heights.
Businesses, landlords, companies and even homeowners need to take measures to identify safety risks and hazards that would lead to falls on their property, especially since falls account for nearly 8.6 million visits to emergency rooms annually across this nation.
In order to fall-proof environments:
- Spills should be cleaned up immediately
- Caution signs should be posted where there are wet floors
- Cabinet doors and drawers should be closed at all times
- Correct lighting should be in place indoors and outdoors, especially in the staircase
- Walkways and hallways should be checked periodically to remove hazards and repair damages
- Handrails should be installed on both sides of the staircases
- Ladders should be used properly
If you have suffered a fall accident in South Florida, please seek medical attention immediately, and then call a Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney to find out about your rights and what you are entitled to. You may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages and more.
To find out more about your specific case, please contact a qualified South Florida slip and fall accident attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld. You can reach us at [number type=”1″] or [number type=”1″] to schedule a free legal consultation.