Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents are a leading cause of debilitating injuries and death in all age categories, but especially among older adults. Although slip-and-fall accidents are often associated with liquid spills in restaurants or grocery store aisles, they can also happen because of worn, torn or damaged carpeting.
Falls can certainly cause a little more than a bump or a bruise and should be taken seriously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of five slip-and-fall accidents causes a bone fracture and or head injury. Falls are also one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Falls may also be extremely expensive to treat. Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents occur due to a number of reasons including cracked or broken sidewalks; accumulation of ice and snow; wet floors; debris on stairways, walkways, sidewalks or hallways; and worn or loose carpet or floor boarding.
Dangers of Worn Carpets
Worn and loose carpet can be a serious injury hazard. Worn or loose carpets on floor boarding may be present in an apartment building, retail or office building, etc. In any area where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic, there is always a chance that a worn or torn piece of carpet or floor boarding may cause a trip-and-fall accident.
People who trip and fall as a result of worn carpet and floor boarding can suffer a number of serious and debilitating injuries including broken bones, fractured hips, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries to the neck, back and spine. Older adults are particularly at an increased risk of suffering hip fractures and fatal injuries when they fall.
Preventing Falls Caused by Worn Carpeting
There are a number of steps property owners and managers can take to reduce the risk of a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident caused by worn carpeting and floor boarding. Here are few measures they can take:
Install the right type of carpet. While carpet styles keep changing, flooring safety experts recommend choosing a carpet with a short, dense pile. Low pile carpet has short fibers that look and feel flat and dense. This type of carpet is clean and durable because it doesn’t catch much dirt or debris, and it can stand up to a lot of foot traffic without losing its initial appearance or wearing out too quickly. These types of carpets also provide comfort without posing a tripping hazard.
Secure rugs as much as possible. While loose rugs or throw rugs may have a more stylish appearance, they can pose a major trip and fall hazard. It is a good idea for carpets and rugs to be secured to the ground. Using non-slip backing can also help prevent rugs from moving out of place.
Make sure there is adequate lighting. When the lighting is inadequate, trip-and-fall accidents become more likely. It is important that the interiors and exteriors of buildings are well lit.
Install handrails on stairways. Handrails should be installed on all stairways including stairwells that are carpeted. Stairs should also be repaired right away.
Maintain carpets and floor boarding. Carpets and floorboards that are properly maintained tend to last much longer. Damaged or worn carpets as well as loose floorboards should be repaired right away.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you were involved in a slip-and-fall or a trip-and-fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence (carelessness), please remember that you have rights. Some of the damages that victims of such accidents can claim include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injury, etc.
The experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 49 years, our skilled attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims.
Our law firm recovered $1,700,000 for a woman who slipped and fell and received no hospital or medical treatment for one month after the accident. Our law firm also recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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