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Slip & Fall vs Trip & Fall: Why Does It Matter?

We’ve all done it—an unexpected fall leaves us “grounded” and in some unfortunate cases, severely injured. In fact, the National Safety Council states that falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for around 8.9 million emergency room visits annually.

Do’s and Don’ts

Did you know that there are large differences between trip and falls and slip and falls? Many of the differences stem from the injuries you may sustain from each. You may ask yourself “why does the verbiage matter? Trip and fall, slip and fall, same thing.”

The type of accident you were involved in actually has a big effect on how you file for your personal injury claim. Whether you file a slip and fall claim or a trip and fall claim will have an impact on how the attorney will go about gathering information, how the case is approached and handled, and in some situations the amount of compensation you receive.

Slip & Fall

When someone slips and falls, it is usually caused by:

  • Wet floors

  • Slippery substances on the floor (soda, juice, etc.)

  • Round objects (marbles, pet toys, beads)

In slip and fall accidents, the accident is caused by a loss of friction with the surface which causes the foot to slip upward. This almost always causes an individual to fall, causing injuries such as:

  • Back of the head injuries

  • Neck injuries

  • Back injuries

  • Hip injuries

Trip & Fall

When someone trips and falls it is from objects in the way, obstructing the normal walkway, things such as:

  • Broken/poorly placed sidewalks

  • Items placed poorly and left on the floor

  • Dimly lit areas which hide danger

  • Broken door jambs or door sills

In trip and fall accidents, the accident is caused when the person’s foot is met with resistance from a foreign object causing the individual to fall on their face. Some of the injuries that may follow a trip and fall accident are:

  • Face injuries

  • Hand and arm fractures/breaks

  • Knee injuries

  • Elbow injuries

Seeking Help

If you found yourself the victim of a slip and fall or trip and fall due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. Seeking assistance from a qualified Atlanta personal injury attorney can help ensure you take the right steps towards recovering. The Abrego Law Firm has had great success fighting for those in need of help following a slip and fall accident. Call The Abrego Law Firm today to schedule your case evaluation.

Call us today (404) 334-3324 to get started on recovering.

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