20 Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents – and What to Do after a Fall

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The slip and fall accident is one of the most common kinds of personal injury claims that people file because there are several situations in which people can fall due to some kind of hazard they were not aware of and property owners are often liable for injuries in these types of cases. It is incredibly important for all people in these situations to quickly retain an Atlanta slip and fall lawyer because most injury victims are going to be dealing with insurance companies that are very likely to take a skeptical view about an injury claim.


Insurers makes their money by denying claims or paying as little as possible to resolve them, and you should not accept any settlement offer that does not fully account for all of the costs you are facing because of your accident. When you hire a personal injury lawyer to handle your slip and fall accident case, they will know how to prove that another party bears liability for your fall and can work to ensure that you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

With most slip and fall accidents, there will be some kind of issue with the flooring that a person was walking on. When certain conditions become present, there can be an increased risk of falls and many property owners have an obligation to either correct a hazardous condition or at least warn their guests about any dangers.


Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents generally include, but are not limited to:


  1. Trash or debris on the floor
  2. Wet floors
  3. Food or liquid spills
  4. Uneven flooring or sidewalks
  5. Poor lighting 
  6. No handrails
  7. Loose cords 
  8. Loose floorboards
  9. Loose or bulging carpeting
  10. Loose mats or rugs
  11. Potholes or cracks
  12. Exposed wiring 
  13. Other tripping hazards
  14. Recently mopped or waxed floors
  15. Ice
  16. Open desk or cabinet drawers
  17. Ladders and stairs
  18. Inclement weather
  19. Broken or missing steps
  20. Debris in walkways

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

Following a slip and fall accident, people should always check themselves for injuries and then quickly take pictures of the hazardous condition that caused their fall. People should report their falls to the establishments or managers for the property where the falls occur.


It is important for all people to be sure they seek medical attention as soon as possible after a fall, because waiting to see a doctor until days or weeks later can lead to an insurance company questioning whether injuries are connected to a fall. You will want to have a doctor perform an evaluation of your health even if you do not think you were hurt, as many injuries have delayed symptoms.


Make sure that you try to contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as you can because you often have a strict statute of limitations (time limit) applicable to your case that means you must file a legal claim within a certain number of months from the date of your accident. When you hire legal representation, they will be able to handle all of the requirements and make sure that you are doing everything necessary to get appropriate damages.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Atlanta Slip and Fall Lawyer Today

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident in Atlanta, you will want to be sure that you get yourself the legal help you need. The lawyers of Slappey & Sadd will work hard to investigate your accident and secure all of the evidence necessary to prove your case in court.


Our firm has helped scores of people throughout the Atlanta area with slip and fall accident cases involving various kinds of negligent parties. We will be happy to discuss your case with you when you call our office or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our slip and fall accident lawyer.

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