Slips, Trips and Falls… The Balancing Act of Personal Injury Accidents
Whether due to environmental conditions or human error, slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes of injuries in the United States.
First, let’s take a look at some of the statistics:
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3 percent). Slips and falls account for over one million visits, or 12 percent of total falls.
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
- Eighty-five percent of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition).
- Falls account for 87 percent of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
- The CDC reports that approximately 1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated in an emergency room as a result of a fall.
- According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries each year.
- Total injuries due to falls estimated at $13-14 million per year in the U.S. Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits in 1995.
Startling statistics aren’t they? What are some of the reasons a property owner or employer could be liable should you fall or slip?
- Failure to repair defects on the property.
- Failure to properly design the property to avoid injury.
- Failure to provide adequate warning about unsafe conditions, such as ice or water.
- Failure to reasonably maintain the property premises.
I was injured. What do I do?
The very first actions you take following a slip or fall accident can make a big difference toward defending your claim. What steps should you take if you are involved in such a mishap?
- Report the accident immediately to the property owner or the person in authority at the time, especially if there are no witnesses. Failure to report immediately can possibly harm your claim.
- Fill out any accident or insurance reports accurately and at the time of the incident, if at all possible.
- IF there are witnesses, make sure you gather their names and contact information.
- Take as many photos of the scene as necessary where the accident took place. Taking pictures from different angles or even exact snow and ice conditions is crucial, as circumstances can change quickly.
- Seek medical treatment if needed. Insurance companies and the property owner may assume you aren’t injured if you don’t ask for medical help, and you really need it.
- If you feel you need a law firm, talk to a personal injury firm who not only has the experience with hundreds of Premises Liability cases, but someone who has the insights necessary to help prove who is at fault and has your best interests at heart.
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