What is the difference between a trip and fall accident and a slip and fall accident?
Not many people realize it, but there is a clear distinction, both in the legal and insurance worlds, between a trip or a slip that results in a fall. Whether the plaintiff tripped or slipped will determine how their attorney approaches the case, what questions they’ll need to be answered about surrounding circumstances, and how much compensation they could potentially win. Slip/trip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability cases, and understanding your rights is crucial.
What is the Difference Between a Trip and a Slip?
First, it is important to learn the definitions of both a trip and a slip. When a person trips, it is because there was an object, debris, or defect on the floor in their path. This could be an uneven surface such as a broken tile or sidewalk, poor lighting that concealed hazards, or random objects left carelessly on the floor. When the plaintiff trips, they will usually fall forward. This forward motion could result in injuries to the head and face, elbows, knees, or arms.
In contrast, a slip and fall accident occurs when the plaintiff loses traction with the ground, causing their foot to slide out from under them. Usually, they will fall backward, sustaining different injuries than a trip and fall accident. A person could slip on a wet or icy surface or on slippery objects such as beads or salt. A slip and fall victim might experience injuries to their back, neck, back of the head, or hip.
Depending on what injury or injuries the victim sustained, the lawyer will attempt to win compensatory damages to cover their medical bills and pain and suffering in full. Slip and fall accidents tend to result in more severe injuries because the head, neck, and spine are at greater risk of injury, and treatment could include lengthy physical rehabilitation.
In both cases, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner’s negligence or carelessness caused your accident. Sometimes, a property owner will try to get out of compensating you by suggesting you were responsible for your own injury. If your case goes to court and the jury determines that you were somewhat at fault for your injury, you will only receive a portion of the total compensation amount.
Contact a Connecticut Slip and Fall Attorney
Were you injured because you either slipped or tripped and fell on someone else’s property? The Connecticut slip and fall attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you understand your rights and legal options. Call our office at 203-397-1283 or reach out to us online for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with us today.