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Children and slip-and-fall accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common occurrence. Sadly, this is especially true when it comes to children.

Falls can lead to serious injuries if proper precautions are not taken. Parents, kids and property owners need to review the risks.

Children and falls

These accidents often happen due to wet floors, uneven surfaces or other hazards that are the result of negligent property owners failing to maintain a safe environment for their visitors. Children are particularly vulnerable to slip-and-fall accidents because of their smaller size, less developed coordination and tendency to run and play without paying close attention to their surroundings.

When a child slips and falls on a wet floor, the impact can be much greater than it would be for an adult. It could lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma or sprains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of falls result in serious injuries such as head injuries and broken bones.

Risk factors

One of the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents among children is wet floors. Whether it’s a spilled drink in a restaurant, a wet bathroom floor in a shopping mall or a slippery surface near a swimming pool, wet floors can pose a serious danger to children. Property owners have a responsibility to promptly clean up spills. They should place warning signs and take other measures to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, negligence in this regard can result in devastating consequences for young visitors.

By taking responsibility for maintaining a safe environment and addressing potential hazards promptly, property owners can help prevent injuries and protect the well-being of their young visitors.