Often, the terms “slip” and “trip” are used interchangeably when describing how someone fell and was injured. However, in Florida state law, there is a big difference in the mechanics of how a slip or trip occurs. Knowing how you fell will go a long way to helping you prove your case against a negligent defendant.
A slip occurs when you are walking and your foot slides out from under you as a result of a lack of traction or grip, usually causing you to fall down in a backwards direction. This type of fall would indicate that you fell because you stepped on or walked through a substance on the floor or ground. Substances that can cause you to slip are spilled liquids, drinks, food, water, oil, grease, cleaning products, mopped floors, and overly polished floors.
Non-liquid items can cause slip and falls too. This can include loose tiles, warped wood, worn carpet, floor mats without rubber grip, stairs that lack anti-slip grip properties or hand rails and painted walking surfaces.
A trip occurs when your foot hits an object causing you to lose balance and fall. Most of the time you will fall forward. Some causes of tripping accidents are uneven floors or sidewalks, cracked walkways, rolled or curled carpet, holes and exposed pipes.
The question you might be asking yourself is why does this matter? It matters because you have to identify the hazard or dangerous condition that caused you to fall and describe how you fell. If your version of events doesn’t make sense, it may prevent you from pursuing a negligence claim against the at-fault party and receiving money to cover your medical bills and pain and suffering damages.
Allow us to evaluate your case and discuss how a slip and fall or trip and fall lawsuit works. We have the experience to guide you through the legal process and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today >