Some Slip and Fall Accidents are Actually More Serious than Anyone Presumes
The National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts records more than 8 million slip and fall accidents in the US every year. A lot of people think that a slip and fall accident is never a serious matter: besides the painful buttocks, the only other thing that may hurt is the person’s ego. It may be a surprise to many to know, however, that, slip and fall accidents actually cause many types of serious injuries; it is also the major cause of injuries in the US.
It is true that falling from an elevated place is dangerous, but so is slipping and falling on the same surface level. In fact, of the 8 million slip and fall cases reported to the NSC annually, more than fifty percent are falls on same surface levels, more than two million of which are due to slippery floors or floors where slippery flooring materials have been used.
Those who are most prone to slip and fall accidents are adults aged 55 or above. One sad thing about this accident is that while it only causes fractures on some victims (hip fracture is the most common injury), others suffer more severe injuries, like brain injury, spinal cord injury or even death.
Due to the frequency of slip and fall accident among older adults, the US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) saw it fit to declare this type of accident (involving older adults) as a national epidemic; the CDC further pointed out that, for each decade of life spent, a person’s proneness to slipping and falling increases.
Besides the fact that it can happen to anyone, slip and fall accidents can also occur in any place, even in places one would think as perfectly safe – a relative’s or a friend’s house, hospitals, churches, expensive restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, supermarkets, museums, malls, fast foods, and so forth.
Slip and fall is also the most often reported accident and source of injury in working environments. In fact, besides being the major cause of lost time at work, it is also the leading basis for workers’ compensation claims.
Filing a lawsuit against the owner of the property where the slip and fall accident occurred is a right of victims. With the help of knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer or slip and fall lawyer, injured victims have greater chances for strong arguments that may earn for them the justice and the compensation that they seek and deserve.