Trip and Fall vs. Slip and Fall Injuries

For over a decade, attorney Brian White has fought to help victims of slip and fall or trip and fall injuries get the compensation they need after their injury. These types of accidents require an attorney with the experience to know how to find the evidence that establishes the facts of your case. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls cause over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year. Falls, whether by slipping or tripping, is the number one cause of accidental injury in America. If a trip, slip, or fall leaves you with injuries, Brian White is the Houston personal injury attorney you need on your side.

The Difference Between Tripping and Slipping

The injury you suffer and the pain and medical treatment it requires are the same no matter what caused you to fall. Most fall accidents require the injured victim to miss time from work, resulting in lost wages, as well. The financial strain can be overwhelming for accident victims.

Proving your accident was the result of negligence is the key to holding the person or business responsible for your accident liable for your injury. You must show that the other party was negligent and his or her negligence caused your injury. Proving negligence in some slip and fall cases can be difficult.

Examples of the Two Types of Accidents

As an example of a trip and fall accident, say a person is approaching a staircase when his or her foot catches on some worn and frayed carpet at the top of the stairs, causing a fall and injuries. In looking at the scene of the accident, it will be apparent the carpet has been torn and frayed for some time.

The property owner did not repair the problem, although there had been plenty of time to become aware of the problem and fix it or clearly warn visitors of the danger. Proving negligence, in this case, is simple, and the victim should have no trouble receiving compensation.

On the other hand, say a woman is walking down the aisle of a grocery store and slips on a small puddle of water, injuring herself. The property owner or store manager will likely argue the spill was recent, and the staff had no opportunity to discover the problem and correct it before the woman fell.

To prove the property owner or employees were negligent, it would be necessary to try to establish how the water got on the floor, how long it had been there, and whether any store employees passed by the dangerous area before the accident happened. While it is possible to prove the store was negligent, it will be much more difficult to prove it and win compensation for the accident victim.

Difference in Injuries

In a slip and fall accident, the victim is more likely to fall backward as his or her feet slip in front of him or her. This results in more frequent injuries to the back of the head, the neck, back injuries, and hip injuries.

When a person trips, he or she loses his or her balance as the person’s weight continues forward and the person’s foot remains in a fixed position. Trip injuries are more likely to have the victim fall forward rather than backward. This results in more frequent injuries to the face, including broken noses, eye injuries, dental injuries, and lacerations to the face. Injuries to the hands and arms are more likely, as well. Injuries to the knees are more common in trip and fall accidents as the person impacts the ground.

Get the Legal Help You Deserve

Attorney Brian White focuses on personal injury cases and is one of only 3% of attorneys to be board-certified in personal injury trial law. By focusing only on this area, Brian White gained the experience you need for your trip and fall or slip and fall claim. Get in touch with Brian White today to schedule a free consultation.