Slip and fall accidents occur frequently and are second only to motor vehicle accidents in incidents that cause personal injury. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury, and over 17,000 die each year as a result of their injuries. Workplace slip and fall accidents are also dangerous and very common, accounting for 15 percent of all job-related injuries.
In order to prevent you or a loved one from suffering a MI slip and fall accident this summer, and year-round as well, it is important to understand the common causes of these types of accidents.
The following are some of the more conventional causes of slip and fall accidents:
- Floor surfaces, which are slick due to over waxing, mopping, etc.;
- A puddle of water or liquid on the floor that has been unchecked by the liable party;
- Worn carpets with holes or snags, or loose flooring or carpeting;
- Walkways or stairs with damaged support rails, or stairs which have not been built according to safety codes or that have worn or cracked surfaces or edges;
- Paved surfaces with uneven cracks and potholes;
- Snow and ice on sidewalks and walkways in MI winters that have not been removed;
- Irregular surfaces, such as an uneven sidewalk; and
- Housekeeping issues in working and walking areas, such as cords or clutter.
Slip and fall accidents can result in very serious injuries, such as broken bones and fractures, spinal cord injury, and head trauma. If you are a Michigan resident who has suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident, you are legally entitled to seek compensation from any negligent parties who caused you harm.
An Oakland County slip and fall accident lawyer at Lipton Law can discuss with you all of your legal rights and options, and can help you receive the compensation you need to recover from your injures. For a complimentary consultation with our legal team, please call (248) 557-1688.
A 20-year-old University of Michigan student suffered a critical traumatic brain injury recently when he fell from the roof of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, according to a recent news report at AnnArbor.com.
According to investigators, the man was alone at the time of his accident. He appeared to have explored the third-story roof on part of the Cancer Center building before climbing down a utility ladder to a second-floor roof. As he attempted to climb down to a first-floor roof, he slipped from the ladder, falling 10 to 15 feet onto a glass overhang below. He hit his head severely during the fall and was taken to the university hospital in critical condition.
Investigators say that it appears the man got onto the Cancer Center’s roof from an adjacent parking structure, but they are not clear on why he was climbing down the outside of the building. He had been attending a party in the area, but police have not commented on whether or not he had any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time.
Slip and fall accidents always pose the risk of injury, including a head injury caused by hitting one’s head on the ground or another object. Traumatic brain injuries can cause severe, even life-long, disabilities. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the experienced Michigan slip and fall accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.
Snow is a winter inevitability in Michigan, and snow and ice buildup on sidewalks and driveways can turn an ordinary trip to the mailbox or down the street into a hazardous journey. Here are some ways you can help yourself avoid a slip and fall or other injury this year when you’re walking around in the snow.
- Choose footwear with good traction. Boots with rubber soles and deep grooves for traction are your best bet on Michigan’s snow and ice, according to the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. These boots can help you stay upright and also avoid accidents like twisting an ankle or breaking a toe.
- Avoid the heels. Women’s fashion boots often have heels over an inch high – a bad idea when you’re trying to walk safely on a slippery surface. Keep heels under an inch, or choose winter boots with no heels at all, and change your footwear when you reach your destination.
- Warm yourself up. Avoid injuries like sprains, strains, and pulled muscles by doing some light exercises before going out to shovel or clear snow. These exercises will also limber up your body so that if you do fall, you have a greater chance of catching yourself and a lower chance of suffering serious injuries.
Slip and fall injuries can cause serious physical damage. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Southfield slip and fall injury attorneys at Lipton Law. Our number is (248) 557-1688. The initial consultation is free, and any information you share with us is kept confidential.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is in charge of overseeing safety in workplaces and enforcing safety standards. According to MIOSHA, one of the largest hazards in any Michigan manufacturing workplace comes from dangerous conditions that may cause a slip and fall accident.
Although MIOSHA offers the following tips for workplace safety, these tips for avoiding a slip and fall accident can apply to all businesses, homes and pedestrians navigating Michigan streets, sidewalks and parking lots.
To help protect you from injury in a slip and fall, MIOSHA offers the following tips:
- Keep floors, walkways and outdoor sidewalks free of litter and debris. Notify owners or custodians about litter and debris in businesses or public places.
- Keep walking surfaces level. In the home, fix sagging or uneven floors promptly to help prevent tripping. Sidewalks damaged by frost or tree roots should also be fixed.
- Keep walkways clean and dry as much as possible and notify property owners if a spill or ice and snow are making walkways treacherous.
- If you have to cross an area that may be slippery, take short, careful steps. Try to step straight down rather than sliding or shuffling your feet.
- If you fall, try to let your body go limp and keep your head and arms tucked in. If possible, roll or slide with the fall.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injury and can be caused by hazards that you may not see until you fall. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Michigan slip and fall injury attorneys at Lipton Law. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.