Our firm has handled numerous
slip and fall accident cases in our years of practice, and have seen firsthand how painful and
frustrating it can be to recover from a preventable injury. Many of these
accidents are caused by factors outside of the victim’s control,
usually involving some degree of negligence from a property owner. In
the interest of safety, we have put together some valuable information
that may help you prevent a slip and fall accident caused by something you
can easily control: your choice of footwear.
To reduce your chance of injury, try to stay away from these dangerous
types of shoes:
Number 3: The Platform Wedge
This shoe has a dangerous combination of elevation with inflexibility that
prevents the foot from moving in a natural way, causing instability while
walking. The most common injury from this type of shoes is known as a
“ballet break," which can occur when a person falls off a wedge
onto the side of the foot. This can result in a stress fracture. Because
of the lack of flexibility in these shoes, the wearer’s foot is
locked into falling the way the platform heel dictates.
Number 2: The Pencil Heel
Visually, it is obvious that the area of contact of the heel and the ground
is minimal, which creates a serious balance problem. In addition, a very
narrow heel puts force on the Achilles tendon, which can lead to problems
not just in the foot, but in the back and knee as well.
Number 1: Flip-Flops/Sandals
Floridians, clean up your closet and throw away those risky flip-flops!
Wearing flip-flops for excessive amounts of time could cause temporary
or even long-term damage to the musculoskeletal system. Flip-flops can
also create another significant health risk by increasing the probability
of injury from falling, tripping, and joint misalignment.
The biggest issue with flip-flops is the lack of support they provide to
the foot. Wearers have to curl the toes downwards in order to keep the
sandal from flying off of their foot during normal walking. Additionally,
the angle of the ankle is different while wearing flip-flops than with
other, more supportive types of shoes, which can inhibit normal gait and
foot rotation. Ultimately, this can compromise a person’s balance
and negatively impact skeletal alignment.
Contact Our Slip & Fall Attorneys in Tampa
At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law, we care about your safety.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone
else’s negligence, call our office at (813) 877-5548 for a free
evaluation of your claim. We have decades of experience dealing with slip
and fall cases as well as a variety of other
personal injury cases, including car accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, product
liability, and more.