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Why are slip, trip and fall accidents so dangerous?

Slips, trips and falls may seem innocuous, but the truth is that they can cause serious injuries. If you slip and fall backward, you could hit your head. If you fall forward, you could break your arms or fingers when trying to catch yourself.

Slip, trip and fall accidents put your life at risk in some cases. Imagine if you slipped on a crosswalk; drivers who didn't see you could end up hitting you. If you fall onto something sharp or hot, you could end up with serious or even fatal injuries.

What can you do to prevent slipping, tripping or falling?

Start by making sure you're dressed appropriately for your job, the weather or any situation you're in. You should wear shoes with nonslip soles and be prepared to wear tighter clothing to prevent getting caught on things. Wear pants that don't drag, since you could trip on them.

It's also a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. If an area of a walkway has ice or other hazards present, report them. Take your time when crossing the area. Don't rush into a building, since there could be puddles or slick floors you're not prepared for.

If you end up getting hurt because of slipping, tripping and falling on the beach, on the sidewalk or inside a business, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. If your loved one has been killed as a result of the injuries, you may be able to make a claim for expenses that can help cover medical bills, funeral costs and other needs.

Source: Arbill, "Painful Statistics on Slips, Trips, and Falls," Julie Copeland, CEO, accessed Jan. 23, 2018

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