Broken and hazardous flooring is one of the top causes of slip and fall accidents. In fact, the National Floor Safety Institute names hazardous flooring as the leading cause of more than one million emergency-room visits for slip and fall injuries every year. CNA, an insurance and risk management services provider recently revealed that tested floors in 50 percent of the sites they surveyed failed to produce a dynamic coefficient of friction level above the minimum threshold. This suggests that the fall prevention programs that many businesses employ are not considering the effects of flooring selection and ongoing maintenance on slip resistance.
The most common injuries that occur during a slip and fall involve the neck, back, and spinal cord. Depending on the location and the severity of the injury, a victim can suffer a wide range of problems including lifelong chronic pain, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Although improper flooring is often the cause, a slip and fall can also be caused by loose and uneven flooring, cluttered areas, and wet and slippery surfaces.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may not know the full extent of your injuries right away, as some injuries become worse over time. To protect your rights and to receive the compensation you will need for your suffering, call the New Jersey slip and fall lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.