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How to avoid a slip-and-fall accident

Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slips, trips and falls are the second leading cause of injury and are a major cause of workplace injuries. In fact, they account for nearly 15% of all accidents. Furthermore, according to the National Safety County, approximately 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents happen in the U.S. every day.

Anyone can suffer slip-and-fall injuries. But establishments and employers can take active steps to ensure that their premises do not pose a slip and fall hazard to their visitors, customers and employees. Erroneously, many people may be under the impression that slip-and-fall incidents are unpreventable. However, hazards such as a wet, slippery surface, uneven walking areas, dimly lit areas, and unmaintained areas can be fixed, and the corresponding risk of injury reduced or eliminated.

Some measures employers and property owners can take to minimize slip-and-fall accidents include implementing a policy to periodically conducting walk around on the premises to identify problem areas and promptly fix them. Generally, good housekeeping practices will reduce slippery floors and other dangerous conditions. However, despite these proactive steps, premises liability accidents can still happen and victims can suffer serious injuries.

Individuals who have been injured because of a hazardous condition on a premise may want to consider their legal options by consulting with a personal injury lawyer. The specifics of one's case can be evaluated to determine if one has legal recourse. However, it is important to keep in mind that every slip-and-fall incident should be evaluated to ensure that the individual has a case.

Source: Travelers, "Tips for avoiding slip, trip and fall accidents," accessed on Sept 29, 2014

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