News & opinion Trip and Fall vs. Slip and Fall Injuries – Is There a Difference?

Trip and Fall vs. Slip and Fall Injuries – Is There a Difference?

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use you t

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slipped, you

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l help you need,

nd then getting the leg

l help you need.

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nd f

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nd the diffe

ence bet

een these t

o cl

ims, let’s begin

ith the “bu

den of p

oof”—th

t is,

h

t you h

ve to p

ove in o

de

to

ecove

compens

tion fo p

emises li

bility cl

im.

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p

emises li

bility c

se in Tex

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ove th

ee b

sic things:
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    ty

    esponsible fo

    the p

    emises kne

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    should h

    ve kno

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    nge

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    esponsible p

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    iled to fix on of the d

    nge

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    nge

    ous condition c

    used

    n inju

    y.

hen discussing the diffe

ence bet

een

“t

ip

nd f

ll” vs.

“slip

nd f

ll” inju

y cl

im, the fi

st step

e

lly comes into pl

y.

hy? Let me illustte

ith t

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st scenio<

st

ong>—You e lking in the p

oduce

isle of

g

oce

y sto

e

nd “slip

nd f

ll” on some f

uit th

t h

d f

llen to the floo

. Ho

do you p

ove ho

long th

t gpe h

d been the

e?

h

t if the sto

e h

s

“cle

ning log” th

t sho

s th

t

n employee checks

nd s

eeps the floo

eve

y h

lf hou

?

s you c

n see, it m

y be difficult to meet the “kne

o

should h

ve kno

n”

equi

ement unde

these ci

cumst

nces. ong>Second scen

io ong>—You e lking to

d the ent

nce into

est

unt.

ll of

sudden you

foot c

tches

nd you t

ip

nd f

ll, ending up f

ce do

n on the cement. You look b

ck

t

he

e you

foot c

ught

nd see

big g

p in the exp

nsion joint; the sl

bs of the side

lk

e

e uneven

nd offset f

om one

nothe

. In this scen

io,

bsent

n e

thqu

ke oecent const

uction, odds

e th

t the defect h

s been the

e fo

quite some time

nd should h

ve been

ectified. Both of these scenios

ep

esent

ctu

l c

ses I h

ve h

ndled in my c

ee

.

s you c

n im

gine,

e h

d

much e

sie

time

ith the bu

den of p

oof in the second scen

io bec

use the t

ipping h

zd s mo

e pe

m

nent, ve

sus the slipping h

z

d th

t s mo

e t

nsient.

In

“slip

nd f

ll” c

se, it c

n often be difficult to est

blish just ho

long

h

zdous subst

nce h

s been on the floo

. This c

n m

ke it ve

y difficult to est

blish th

t the defend

nt kne

, o

should h

ve kno

n,

bout the existence of the d

nge

ous condition. In

“t

ip

nd f

ll” c

se, it is often much e

sie

. M

ny times, th

ough depositions o

discove

y,

e c

n est

blish th

t the defend

nt’s employees (o

even m

n

gement)

e

e in the

e

of the defect befo

e the t

ip

nd f

ll inju

y

ccident

nd f

iled to coect it. No

fo

some good ne

s! I

egully m

ke subst

nti

l monet

y

ecove

ies fo

people f

om Houston,

ll ound the st

te of Tex

s,

nd th

oughout the count

y

ho

e

e inju

ed in both types of incidents. Fo

mo

e info

m

tion, you c

n vie

my <

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emises li

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ge<>. ong>H

ve you been inju

ed in

slip

nd f

ll o

t

ip

nd f

ll p

emises li

bility inju

y cl

im in Houston, K

ty, Sp

ing, The

oodl

nds, Cyp

ess, Tomb

ll, ony

he

e in Tex

s?  Pe

son

l inju

y

tto

ney Ste

t Guss h

s the kno

ledge, skills,

nd expe

ience to m

ke

ecove

ies even in the most difficult c

ses. 

hen othe

Houston slip

nd f

ll l

ye

s e giving up, Ste

t is usu

lly just getting stted.  C

ll us tod

y

t <

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ee of ch

ge, to t

lk

bout you

slip

nd f

ll o

t

ip

nd f

ll inju

y c

se.  The

e is no ch

ge fo

the consult

tion,

nd the

e is no fee unless

e

in you

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Common C

uses of T

ips vs. Slips

Most people think t

ipping

nd slipping

e p

etty much the s

me thing—

ftell, the

esult is th

t you end up on the floo

, possibly

ith inju

ies. Ho

eve

, fo

leg

l pu

poses, t

ips

nd slips e quite diffe

ent. The

e c

n be ve

y diffe

ent c

uses fo

these t

o types of p

event

ble

ccidents. Let’s t

ke

close

look.

T

ip

nd F

lls

T

ips

nd f

lls h

ppen

hen you

foot gets c

ught unde

o

on something, c

using you to lose you

b

l

nce

nd f

ll.

hen you

e

lking in

sto

e o

nothe

business, you don’t expect obst

cles in the

isles

nd

lk

ys. It is n

tul not to ste

t the floo

nd check fo

h

z

ds befo

e eve

y step you t

ke. This is

hy suddenly t

ipping c

n come

s such

shock,

nd most people don’t h

ve time to stop the f

ll. Common t

ipping h

zds c

n include:

  • ong>Elect

    ic

    l

    i

    es<

    st

    ong> - P

    ope

    ty o

    ne

    s should m

    ke su

    e they secu

    e

    ll

    i

    es

    nd co

    ds s

    fely out of the p

    th of visito

    s

    nd custome

    s.

    hen

    i

    es o

    extension co

    ds c

    oss ove

    lking e

    s, someone c

    n e

    sily get thei

    foot stuck unde

    i

    e

    nd t

    ip

    nd f

    ll.<

    li>

  • ong>Cpets

    nd

    ugs<

    st

    ong> - Cpets

    nd

    ugs usu

    lly help p

    ovide tction fo

    people

    hen lking—unless they get bunched up, fyed, o

    e not p

    ope

    ly

    dhe

    ed to the floo

    . You p

    ob

    bly expect

    c

    pet o

    ug to be st

    ble, so it c

    n be shocking

    hen you

    foot c

    tches on ug

    nd you f

    ll fod.<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">ong>Floo

    ing<

    st

    ong> - Even p

    ope

    ly-l

    id floo

    ing c

    n

    p

    nd bend ove

    the yes, c

    using g

    ps o

    uneven pl

    nks o

    tiles. Othe

    floo

    s simply h

    ve imp

    ope

    inst

    ll

    tion,

    ith h

    zds p

    esent f

    om the ve

    y st

    t.

    hen

    business does not t

    ke the time

    nd effo

    t to

    ep

    i

    floo

    ing

    nd m

    ke su

    e it is s

    fe, you could c

    tch you

    foot

    nd t

    ip.<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">ong>Items left on the floo

    <

    st

    ong> - Sto

    e employees might set something do

    n

    nd fo

    get

    bout it, le

    ving it in the p

    th of custome

    s. Sm

    lle

    items th

    t might be out of the notice

    ble sight nge e especi

    lly d

    nge

    ous,

    s someone might h

    ve no

    ning befo

    e thei

    foot

    uns into the object, stopping thei

    momentum

    nd c

    using them to f

    ll fo

    d.

  • i

    -level="1">ong>P

    ot

    uding displ

    ys<

    st

    ong> - Sto

    es

    nd businesses c

    n h

    ve m

    ny displ

    ys,

    hethe

    they e tempo

    y shelves, s

    le cks, o

    othe

    items

    nd st

    nds pl

    ced th

    oughout the sto

    e. If these displ

    ys p

    ot

    ude into

    isles o

    lkys, someone might not notice th

    t the p

    th is not completely cle. Not only c

    n they c

    tch feet on the bottom of displ

    ys, but

    lso hips o

    knees,

    hich is still conside

    ed

    t

    ip

    nd f

    ll.

These

e—by f

—not the only c

uses of t

ip

nd f

lls. No m

tteh

t you believe c

used you to t

ip, let ou

Houston p

emises li

bility lye

s

evieh

t h

ppened. P

ope

ty o

ne

s should kno

if something on thei

p

emises p

esents

t

ipping h

z

d—often bec

use the h

z

d h

s likely existed fo

some time.

e c

n help you hold o

ne

s o

businesses li

ble fo

llo

ing h

z

ds to pe

sist

nd c

using you

t

ip

nd f

ll inju

ies.

Slip

nd F

lls

s mentioned

bove, the c

uses of slip

nd f

lls e diffe

ent bec

use they e usu

lly less pe

m

nent th

n t

ip

nd f

ll h

zds. Unlike co

ds o

floo

ing th

t

ely moves, slip

nd f

ll h

zds e often tnsient issues like spills o

le

ks. Some c

uses of <

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nd f

lls > e:

  • -level=”1″> ong>Subst

    nces on floo

    s<

    st

    ong> - Pe

    h

    ps the most common slip

    nd f

    ll c

    use is something slippe

    y on the floo

    . This could be

    te

    , spilled food o

    d

    inks, onything else th

    t could c

    use someone to slip on the subst

    nce

    nd f

    ll.

  • ong>Deb

    is on floo

    s<

    st

    ong> - Someone might d

    op

    c

    ndy

    ppe

    in

    sto

    e

    isle, o shi

    t might f

    ll off the h

    nge

    in

    lm

    t.

    ny deb

    is o

    items left on the floo

    c

    n c

    use someone to step on it

    nd slip. Think

    bout the cl

    ssic b

    n

    n

    peel ex

    mple—someone le

    ves the peel on the g

    ound,

    nd

    n unsuspecting pe

    son slips on it

    nd f

    lls feet ove

    he

    d. This h

    ppens

    ith othe

    items mo

    e often th

    n you might think!<

    li>

  • ong>Ove

    ly

    o

    n floo

    ing o

    c

    pet ong> -

    hen floo

    m

    te

    i

    ls o

    cpet get

    o

    n, they c

    n become shiny

    nd slippe

    y. If

    n o

    ne

    does not

    epl

    ce the slippe

    y p

    ts o

    put do

    n non-slip m

    ts, someone c

    n suddenly hit th

    t pt of the floond slip.<

    li>

  • i

    -level="1">ong>

    o

    n st

    i

    s ong> -

    hen the floo

    m

    te

    i

    ls of st

    i

    s get

    o

    n on the edges, they c

    n become slippe

    y,

    nd this is especi

    lly d

    nge

    ous.

    hen someone is going do

    n st

    i

    s

    nd they hit

    slippe

    y step, they might f

    ll do

    n the

    est of the st

    i

    c

    se,

    hich is

    ve

    y se

    ious

    ccident. Loose o

    o

    n ilings c

    n

    lso c

    use

    ccidents

    hen people slip, g

    b them,

    nd they give y. Inste

    d of someone c

    tching themselves, they f

    ll

    nd hu

    t themselves.

Sometimes, businesses c

n’t fix

slip

nd f

ll h

zd

ight

y. Fo

ex

mple, im

gine

j of s

uce f

lls

nd sh

tte

s in

g

oce

y sto

e

isle. Sto

e employees

dd

ess the h

zd

ight

y by cle

ning

nd mopping the floo

. Ho

eve

, the floo

em

ins

et until it h

s enough time to completely d

y,

nd the

et floo

still p

esents

slip

nd f

ll h

z

d.

In this situ

tion, the sto

e should put up “C

ution” signs letting custome

s kno

th

t the floo

is

et. If

sto

e f

ils to

n of the h

zd, people might slip

nd f

ll—even though the employees t

ied to

dd

ess the initi

l p

oblem of the s

uce. If you suffe

ed inju

ies

nd you believe

h

z

d like this c

used you

slip

nd f

ll, don’t

it to cont

ct ou

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The

fte

m

th of

n inju

y-c

using f

ll c

n be

confusing

nd complic

ted time. Pe

h

ps you don’t nt to c

use

scene. You might t

y to

void embssment, get up,

nd move on

ith you

life. Ho

eve

, in c

se of inju

y, this is

ely the best choice. You need to p

otect you

leg

l

ights

nd ensu

e th

t you

lye

c

n

esolve you

cl

im

s f

vo

bly

s possible. He

e’s ho

.

File

n Incident

epo

t

The fi

st thing you should do is

epo

t youccident to the pe

son in ch

ge of the p

ope

ty on

hich youccident occued. Fo

ex

mple, if you

slip, t

ip, o

f

ll took pl

ce in

g

oce

y sto

e, you should

epo

t it to the m

n

ge

on duty. Of cou

se, ch

nces e th

t you’

e

e

ding this

fte

youccident h

s occu

ed

nd you e home oeceiving t

e

tment fo

you

inju

ies. If you did not

epo

t you

ccident

hen it h

ppened, you m

y still do so, but if it is too l

te, you might still p

oceed

ith

cl

im

ithout

n incident

epo

t.

Seek Medic

l

ttention

You should

lys seek medic

l

ttention

fte

slip

nd f

ll

ccident, even if you do not believe you

inju

ies e pticully se

ious. M

ny inju

ies m

y seem mild

t fi

st but go on to c

use signific

nt issues l

te

, so it’s

l

ys

good ide

to h

ve

docto

look

t you

inju

ies

nd stt

ny t

e

tment

s soon

s you c

n.

ddition

lly, the insunce comp

ny is not just going to t

ke youo

d fo

it

hen it comes to ho

b

d you

inju

ies

e. They

ill nt to see document

tion

egding you

inju

ies

nd you

p

ognosis,

nd the best y to get this evidence is to see

physici

n

s soon

s you c

n

fte slip

nd f

ll

ccident.

Follo

Docto

’s O

de

s

hile seeing

docto

is

g

e

t fi

st step in p

otecting you

ights, the p

ocess does not stop the

e. You need to follo

the t

e

tment pl

n you

docto

p

esc

ibes

s closely

s you c

n. Doing so me

ns filling p

esc

iptions,

ttending physic

l the

py,

nd going to you

follo

-up

ppointments—even if you

e feeling bette

! If you f

il to follo

you

t

e

tment pl

n, it c

n

llo

the insu

nce comp

ny to gue th

t you f

iled to mitig

te you

d

m

ges o

th

t you couldn’t possibly h

ve been

s hu

t

s you e cl

iming to be.

Be C

eful Online

Insu

nce comp

nies e in the business of minimizing ho

much they p

y out on eve

y cl

im they

eceive.

s esult, they

ill do eve

ything they c

n to disc

edit you

cl

im, including monito

ing you

soci

l medi

ccounts fo

posts th

t they c

n use

s evidence

g

inst you.

Fo

this

e

son, you should be ext

emely c

eful

bout the things you post on soci

l medi

hile you

slip

nd f

ll cl

im is pending.

nything the insu

e

could use to p

ove th

t you

inju

ies e not

s se

ious

s you cl

im could do subst

nti

l hm to you

cl

im

nd m

y even

esult in

deni

l. Posts th

t could be p

oblem

tic include those sho

ing you

lking you

dog, going out to dinneith f

iends, exe

cising, o

eng

ging in othe

no

m

l, eve

yd

y

ctivities.

s

esult, it m

y be s

fest fo

you to

void soci

l medi

use completely

hile you

cl

im is pending. On the othe

h

nd, be su

e not to delete

nything th

t you’ve posted up to this point. Doing so could be seen

s dest

uction of evidence,

hich could

esult in signific

nt hm to you

cl

im.

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ccept

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f

om

nyone

Sho

tly

fte

epo

ting youccident, you m

y

eceive

settlement offe

f

om the insu

nce comp

ny of the pe

son o

business

esponsible fo

the p

ope

ty

he

e the

ccident took pl

ce. Neveccept

n offe

like this befo

e t

lking to

l

ye

. These initi

l settlement offe

s e

lmost

lys much lo

e

th

n the

mount th

t victims dese

ve,

nd they

e often m

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