What is the Difference Between a Slip, Trip, and Fall?

What is the Difference Between a Slip, Trip, and Fall?

Trips and slips are caused by different types of hazards on a property. Trips and falls are caused by obstacles and uneven surfaces, such as broken sidewalks or unsecured electrical cables. Slips and falls are caused by a lack of traction. Examples include spilled liquids that have not been cleaned or smooth floors that have recently been waxed. A property owner is responsible for correcting known hazards that they knew about or should have known about or to warn visitors if they cannot be promptly fixed. 

If you are seeking to recover compensation for your injuries and losses caused by slips, trips, and falls, the California injury attorneys at Ellis Injury Law can help. We fight for your right to recover compensation from liability insurers that cover the actions of negligent property owners in Riverside, Ontario, Long Beach, and elsewhere in and around Los Angeles. Call today for a free consultation. 

What is the Difference Between a Trip and Fall and a Slip and Fall? 

Trips and slips are caused by different types of conditions on a property. In all cases, a property owner is responsible for correcting known hazards within a reasonable amount of time or warning visitors or residents if they cannot be promptly fixed. Slipping and tripping can both lead to falls that can leave an accident victim with serious and life-changing injuries. 

Trip and Fall Accidents Are Caused by Obstacles and Uneven Surfaces. 

In our 30 years of helping accident victims in Southern California personal injury lawsuits, our Los Angeles slip and fall injury lawyers have represented individuals who have tripped over: 

  • Broken sidewalks or pavement 
  • Uneven stairs 
  • Loose carpets 
  • Accumulated debris 
  • Unsecured electrical cords and cables 
  • Exposed roots and overgrown landscaping 

In each case, the victim tripped on a hazard that the property owner negligently failed to clear. The trip can cause an injury even without a fall, including broken bones, sprains, pulled muscles, and knee and ankle hyperextensions. Any subsequent fall further exacerbated their injuries.  

Slip and Fall Accidents Are Caused by a Loss of Traction 

Low-traction walking surfaces that can lead to a slip and fall accident include: 

  • Walkways where water is allowed to accumulate 
  • Floors that are not promptly cleaned after a liquid spill 
  • Smooth floors that were recently waxed and polished 
  • Icy or cold surfaces in chill rooms and walk-in coolers 
  • Hard stone floors 

Injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls can burden an accident victim with medical bills and lost income due to an inability to work while recovering from injuries. An experienced California slip, trip, and fall lawyer can help recover compensation for those injuries.  

What Should an Accident Victim Do After a Trip and Fall or Slip and Fall? 

Accident victims should seek prompt medical treatment even if injuries appear insignificant. They can collect damages only if they are able to show that the accident was the direct and proximate cause of the injury. Any delay in seeking treatment or failure to follow a doctor’s recommendations opens the door for a negligent party to argue that an intervening event caused the injury. 

Apart from seeing a doctor or other health care provider, the victim should: 

  • Take pictures of the hazard that caused the trip and fall or slip and fall. 
  • Get contact information and statements from eyewitnesses to the accident. 
  • File an accident report with the property owner or manager and notify law enforcement authorities if appropriate. 
  • Retain an experienced slip, trip, and fall accident lawyer to begin recovering damages. 

How Ellis Injury Law Can Help After a California Trip and Fall or Slip and Fall 

If you have slipped or tripped and fallen in Monterey Park, Montebello, or another Southern California location, take care of your health first, then call the Los Angeles slip, trip, and fall attorneys at Ellis Injury Law. We will file a claim for compensation with the responsible parties so you can focus on healing. 

In our 30 years of serving the people of Southern California, we have recovered more than $350 million in damages to help get them back on their feet. We offer free, no-obligation consultations. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries.