Consulting Engineers & Scientists, Inc. brings considerable experience and authority to this complex area. Our forensic engineers, architects and human factors experts are often involved in cases and issues dealing with premise liability accidents in residential, institutional and commercial properties.
Falls are a major cause of accidental death and injury second only to automobile accidents. Annually, the National Safety Council reports approximately 12,000 accidental deaths resulting from people falling. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, stairs result in between 1,800,000 and 2,660,000 disabling injuries and 3,800 deaths each year.
The name tags “slip” and “trip” are often interchanged in fall down accidents. “Slip” and “trip” have distinct forensic meanings concerning accident dynamics and premises conditions. Slip refers to the loss of traction of a foot or footwear on a walking surface. Trip refers to the unexpected interruption of movement of a foot or footwear on a walking surface. Walking surfaces include floors, walkways, stairways, land, ramps, etc.
In addition to issues dealing with structural problems, roof collapses and slip, trip, and fall, certain premises liability accidents may also result from the impact of objects, cuts from sharp objects, electrocutions, fires, and drowning. These incidents may be caused by improper design, construction or maintenance, and a failure to comply with relevant codes including ADA and standards or practices.
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