Slip And Fall Accidents Are More Serious Than You think

As many as one million people experience an injury caused by a slip and fall every single year, and over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Despite the number of slip, trip & fall incidents that occur each year, affecting countless people and their families, this type of accident continues to get a bad rap as being less serious than other types of personal injuries, and many believe them to be just plain frivolous.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury in the United States across all age groups except 15-24. The age group from 15-24, unintentional fall is the second leading cause of nonfatal injury.

Misconceptions of Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries

Tripping, slipping and falling because of poorly maintained property or negligence of a property owner may be seen by some as grounds for a frivolous lawsuit. Despite the perception many have regarding slip, trip and falls, the injuries can be devastating and even life-threatening.

The majority of the time these incidents are not caused by mere clumsiness, but rather uneven and poorly maintained surfaces or the absence of proper signage.

Causes of Slip, Trip, and Falls

Slippery surfaces or hazards that could cause a fall are the most common reason why people experience falling injuries. Most of the causes of serious falls seem slight, such as a small difference in elevations, but these are easily overlooked when signage or warnings are not prevalently displayed.

The type of falls endured by victims is often separated into two groups: same-level falls and elevated falls.

Each slip and fall accident is different: circumstances and causes vary. As a result, these cases can be complicated and require investigation into related events to find out what exactly lead to the fall.

Employees, managers, properties owners, and witnesses are all important aspects of a slip and fall case, and all must be fully investigated in order to provide concrete evidence supporting claims and related injuries.

Slip and falls are especially dangerous for the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually sideways.

Tips to Prevent a Slip and Fall

  • Clean up all spills right away
  • Install handrails on all staircases
  • Stay off freshly mopped floors
  • Ensure adequate lighting indoors and outdoors
  • Wear shoes with excellent support and slip-resistant soles
  • Remove debris from exterior walkways

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?

Just like any other type of accident, the steps a victim takes immediately following a fall can be necessary when looking to provide evidence and information later. Some of the steps victims and their loved ones should consider include:

  • Gather contact information for any witnesses, officials and even employees and managers at an establishment.
  • Report the accident to the manager of a property or business and ask for a copy of the incident report for your records.
  • Note the details while they’re still fresh in your mind. If possible, document using a cell phone or camera.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Contact a slip and fall attorney to guide you on the next steps you should take.

How The Carlson Law Firm can help

If you or a loved one experienced a slip, trip or fall due to the negligence of someone else, The Carlson Law Firm is ready to help you seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost time from work, and other damages related to your personal injury. Our goal is to get you the best result possible. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today. We care, we can help.

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