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Did You Actually Trip and Fall, Rather than Slip and Fall?
“You Say Tomato, I say Tomato.” More than likely, you’ve heard the expression and didn’t necessarily realize it’s the title to a song. People use different words – thinking they mean the same thing. However, that’s not the case when it comes to trip and fall accidents as they compare to slip and falls.
When it comes down to it, the whole thing seems ludicrous. The bottom line is that you fell down and it wasn’t your fault. The End. Final.
In the meantime, if you’re suggesting that another party’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries, you do need to know the differences between tripping and falling. Otherwise, the culpable party may accuse you of fabricating your accident.
Most fall down accidents are premises liability claims. The one exception pertains to those that occur at work. If you’re injured when you fall on the job, you look to your company’s workers’ compensation carrier for benefits. And, you don’t need to prove that anyone failed their legal obligation to ensure your safety.
Trip and Fall Accidents
Consider this. You are walking into a restaurant, and your shoe gets caught on a snag in the carpet. Try as you may, you cannot release it, and within an instant, you find yourself falling forward.
Falling forward? Why would that be? Believe it or not, it’s a matter of physics. Resistance, gravity, and momentum rule the manner in which you fall.
Of course, the same type of accident could occur if you’re walking on a sidewalk and the pavement proves uneven. The possibility for a trip and fall exists if you’re walking in a store that has small items scattered in the walkway.
As you might guess, you can suffer severe injuries from a trip and fall accident. Some of the most common ones include:
• Head and face lacerations
• Broken arms or legs
• Hand and wrist injuries
• Torn ligaments
Slip and Fall Accidents
You already know the dangers of walking on ice or on a shiny surface. Property owners should do everything within their power to take reasonable care for your safety. In some cases, it may be as simple as erecting a sign warning you of a wet floor.
Nothing is more frustrating than the lack of control you feel when you slip and fall. For some, the incident could result in such serious harm as a traumatic brain injury. Slip and fall accidents also cause severe back and neck issues.
Did you slip, trip, and fall? Based on the circumstances, you may be able to pursue a legal claim. Contact the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo to determine your rights. We are not paid until the conclusion of your case – and only if we obtain monetary damages for you.