Slip and fall accidents are quite common in Minnesota, especially during the winter months when sidewalks, parking lot and other surfaces become slippery due to ice or standing water. If you suffer a slip and fall accident, it can cause serious injury. Being aware of your surroundings can help decrease the likelihood that you will become a victim of a fall. It can help to understand the four types of falls that occur.

According to Occupational Health and Safety, slip and fall is only one type of fall. It involves the foot losing traction on a surface which then throws off your balance and you fall. There are other types of falls that are similar. The stump and fall, for example, is when your foot encounters an unseen object that stops your momentum and leads to a fall.

The third kind of fall is a trip and fall. As the name suggests, this is when your foot gets caught on something and you fall. The last kind of fall is a step and fall. This is due to an unexpected change in the height of the walking surface that throws you off balance and leads to a fall.

Any of these four types of falls can be due to the property owner’s negligence and allow you to file a personal injury claim against him or her for your injuries. However, if you happen to notice a hazard that could lead to any of these types of falls, you can report it to the property owner to prevent future injuries. This information is for education and is not legal advice.