CED Investigates: Slip, Trip, and Falls

The CDC reports that 3 million people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year. Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls. Slips, trips, and falls are a common occurrence – they can occur in a parking lot, on a stairwell, in a warehouse or workplace. Anywhere a person is walking there is the potential to slip, trip, or fall. Unsafe conditions, like icy steps or wet surfaces, can potentially make a normally safe walking area slippery.

Slip and fall and trip and fall cases are typically assigned to a mechanical or a civil engineer. A biomechanical engineer can bring an additional element to the case, evaluating if the claimed injuries are consistent with the how the accident occurred. A biomechanical engineer can address both the site conditions and help determine if the injuries are consistent with the body motion necessary to attain those injuries.

The engineer reviewing your case considers multiple factors:

  • Measures the slip resistance of surfaces by performing testing.
  • Inspects stairs and walking surfaces to ensure they were constructed and then subsequently maintained in compliance with the applicable building codes.
  • Reviews surveillance video to help determine the cause of the accident.
  • Investigates lighting, measures illumination levels, and determines lighting gradients.

When it comes to slip, trip, and fall cases, it is imperative that an engineering expert be brought in early to assess liability before the conditions can change. Our team of engineers inspects, performs slip resistance and illumination testing, and evaluates slip trip and fall accidents that occur in public, private, and commercial locations. Contact us to review your next slip and fall or trip and fall, or submit a case request online.