Slip-and-Fall Lawsuits vs. Trip-and-Fall Lawsuits

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Were you involved in a slip and fall lawsuit or a trip and fall lawsuit? Both types of accidents can lead to severe injuries, so is it even worth distinguishing between them? These terms sound similar enough to be used interchangeably, but the legal system says otherwise. If you’re pursuing personal injury litigation, it’s essential to understand the difference between a slip and fall lawsuit and a trip and fall lawsuit.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur when a person falls while walking on a surface (staircase, hallway, parking lot, or sidewalk) that is unexpectedly slippery with substances like water, ice, grease, or oil. A grocery store floor that has just been mopped may prove hazardous to unsuspecting shoppers, especially if employees forget to display a “Wet Floor” sign in the recently-cleaned area.

These types of falls can propel a person backward, often resulting in injuries such as:

  • Sprained or fractured wrists and ankles
  • Brain injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder dislocations

Trip and Fall Accidents

When people stumble over an unexpected object in their path and experience serious injuries, a trip and fall lawsuit may be in order. Suppose you’re navigating the front walk of a friend’s home and suddenly catch your foot on a loose paving stone. If you can’t stay on your feet, you will experience a trip and fall incident. Trip and fall accidents can also include tripping into a hole (pothole) on a street or sidewalk. Tripping tends to jerk a person’s body forward, leading to injuries such as:

  • Foot and neck injuries
  • Thumb sprains
  • Limb fractures
  • Broken finger bones
  • Cuts and abrasions

Slip and Fall Lawsuit vs. Trip and Fall Lawsuit

When a substance makes floors unsafe, it can lead to slip and fall injuries. When an object or uneven surface makes floors hazardous, trips and falls are likely consequences. To further illustrate the point, consider the case of a woman who filed a slip and fall lawsuit after experiencing severe injuries when she lost her footing on an icy sidewalk in front of a Crown Point, Indiana, grocery store. She received $479K in damages.


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