When somebody is in a slip-and-fall accident, he or she usually falls backward. In a trip-and-fall, that individual will fall forward. When falling backward, injuries often involve, skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries hip and elbow fractures along with chronic neck and back pain. When falling forward, we often see hand, wrist and elbow fractures, rotator cuff injuries, skull fractures, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and rotator cuff tears. Some victims have even died from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Those injuries are often caused by the following common conditions:
- Snow and ice.
- Sidewalk obstructions like buckled slabs or tree roots.
- Holes and cracks.
- Debris that hides a dangerous condition.
One of the most common causes of trip and fall accidents in Philadelphia is buckled, broken or uneven sidewalks. If you have been injured due to a sidewalk problem please take a look at our page dedicated to Philadelphia sidewalk injuries.
A common cause of slip and falls is water on the ground at restaurants and grocery stores. Philly’s grocery stores may also have fruit on the ground such as bananas or grapes. Anything which creates a slippery surface can cause a slip and fall accident. Grocery stores and restaurants owe a duty of care to customers to keep floors dry and warn of any potential slippery surfaces.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall or a slip and fall accident, contact a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer today for a free consultation and case evaluation.