It is no stretch to say that everyone has fallen at least once in life. When the fall and the consequent injury happen due to someone else’s negligence, there is a case of making a legal claim against that party.
Slip and Fall versus Trip and Fall
There are major differences between the two, and most of these revolve around the kinds of injuries one can sustain.
The language is important from a legal standpoint, as the terminology also makes a difference in these cases.
At times, the injured one may use both these terms interchangeably. In an instance where he or she will be seeking legal counsel, passing on the most accurate details is very vital to building a case. It could have an effect on the way your case is approached, on the kind of information required, and in some cases, even the compensation amount that will be collected.
It is not easy to say whether a personal injury case would be viable because of the many details making up each circumstance, but some cases are relatively more uncomplicated than others. All trip and/or slip and fall cases are fact-sensitive, and the eventual outcome will depend upon several factors. These might just include the potential to prove negligence on the establishment’s part and both history of both the parties.
Slip and Fall
The causes of this accident are slippery and/or wet substance on the ground. Ice or water on floors, stairs, and so forth, spilled items, and round objects like beads are some examples of causative factors. Now, let us get to the physics part of the fall: when one loses friction with the surface, their foot slips outwards and upwards, propelling the whole body to fall backward. When the fall pans out in a backward movement, it leads to injuries to the backside of his or her head, neck, back, hip and spine.
Trip and Fall
The causes of trip and fall accidents are uneven surfaces or fixed objects in the path of a person, which initiate a stumble. Some examples are poorly placed things on the floor, broken sidewalks, and doorjambs. The physics of it is much different from the slip and fall. The foot, which advances in a running or walking movement, is met with some resistance from something which causes outward and forward momentum of a person’s body. The consequences associated with a trip and fall are injuries to the front of face or head, elbow, knee, hand or arm.