What’s the difference between slips, trips, and falls?

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While their names are similar, the main differences between trip and fall cases and slip and fall cases are how the fall occurred and the injuries sustained during the accident. A slip occurs when the victim slips on a wet floor or other slick surface, whereas a trip occurs when the victim actually trips over an object.

A fall is generally the result of a slip or trip.

What is a “trip” and fall?

A trip and fall accident occurs when a person “trips” over some sort of object, broken or uneven surface, or other type of physical obstacle resulting in a fall and potential injury. Commonly, trips and falls are caused by stray items on shelves, in aisles, or on floor fixtures in department stores, hotel lobbies, and other high-traffic areas. These items can create obstacles that patrons can easily trip over. Trip and fall accidents are also caused by potholes, pavement cracks, and other outside hazards.

Common injuries sustained in a trip and fall can include fractures in the hands or arms, abrasions to the head or face, and injuries to the elbows or knees.

What is a “slip” and fall?

Slip and fall injuries are often caused by wet or icy patches on sidewalks, parking lots, stores, and other locations where a person may “slip” on a slick surface. These dangerous areas should be cleaned up as soon as possible, and clearly demarcated in the meantime—such as with a “wet floor” sign— to alert people of the danger. If you slipped and fell in an area without those warnings, you could be eligible for financial compensation.

Common injures sustained in a slip and fall accident can include head or brain injuries, neck or back injuries, spinal cord damage, and broken bones.

If you’ve been injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident, call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation. We have 679+ years of combined legal experience helping Louisianans recover the compensation they deserve from those responsible for their injuries. Call us today at 888.501.7888 and begin your path to healing.