There are many winter hazards such as icy steps or slick asphalt parking lots that can cause slip-and-fall accidents.
However, there are just as many accidents waiting to happen indoors as outdoors. For example, it is easy to lose traction when walking on a slippery floor.
Slip versus trip
A trip while walking occurs when you make contact with an object that impedes your progress. It could be something as small as an extension cord or as large as a ladder left in the wrong place. On the other hand, a slip happens when you lose traction between the bottom of your shoe and the surface you are walking on.
Liquid on the floor is often the culprit when someone slips. Winter brings inclement weather and people entering a public building can track in rainwater, snow and oil or grease from the outdoor parking lot, making floors slippery. Additionally, some floor cleaning solutions contain oils that leave a slippery residue. This kind of product is a hazard that can cause a slip-and-fall injury that results in liability for the owner of the property.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries from falls account for more than 800,000 hospitalizations annually. Hip fractures and head trauma are among the most common fall injuries and these may require surgery followed by extended treatment. An insurance company may try to minimize or even deny a claim that relates to a slip-and-fall injury, but the fact is the policyholder may have neglected the responsibility of maintaining safe premises. If this is the case, the victim has a right to full and fair compensation to cover current and future medical expenses and more.