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CNA study reveals common cause of slip and falls

Researchers from CNA Financial Corporation have reviewed records of slip-and-fall liability claims from 2010 to 2016, finding several common factors in the accidents recorded. Businesses in New York and across the U.S. will want to consider the advice that the researchers gave on how to improve floor safety.

CNA concluded that the flooring in 50 percent of surveyed sites did not meet the national standard for dynamic coefficient of friction, or DCOF, levels. This means that half of all floors were not slip-resistant enough. Approximately 40 percent of the accidents took place on walking and working surfaces, especially entry flooring, while 27 percent occurred on sidewalks leading up to the entrance. More than 30 percent of slips and falls happened in parking lots.

The majority of claims were leveled against real estate and retail trade businesses. Though the claims were many, the injuries were typically minor, with the exception of some traumatic brain injuries.

The authors of the study encourage business owners to make sure their floors are slip resistant, especially when wet. A tribometer can be used to test DCOF levels. Cleaning agents should be compatible with the floor and be used according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

The negligence of business owners can easily lead to personal injuries on their properties. Victims may wish to seek legal counsel about whether they can file a premises liability claim; a lawyer may be able to assess the situation and see if the victim contributed at all to the accident. The lawyer might also be able to negotiate with the business's insurance company for an informal settlement. A successful claim could possibly cover things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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