From cuts and contusions to broken bones and head injuries, these are just a few of the painful and potentially serious injuries that can result from a slip or trip and fall accident. National statistics show that, annually, an estimated 9 million Americans seek medical treatment for injuries suffered in slips, trips and falls. These types of accidents are also the main source of U.S. workers’ compensation claims and account for some 95 million days of lost work each year.
These startling statistics are proof of the devastating and painful injuries that can result when an individual slips or trips and falls to the ground. While some of these accidents are just unfortunate events where no one is at fault, others result due to the negligence of others.
A neighbor’s home, outside a store, in a restaurant, at work, while shopping; slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere and anyone, regardless of age or health, can fall victim to the painful injuries that often follow these types of accidents. For individuals who must deal with the resulting physical pain and medical costs, it’s important to explore issues related to liability as well as one’s legal options.
In order to recover compensation, an individual must be able to establish that a homeowner, landlord, employee, business owner or property owner new or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the accident. Additional thresholds for proving liability vary depending on the type of property and responsible parties involved.
Anyone who has been adversely impacted due to injuries suffered in a slip, trip and fall accident can benefit from the advice and assistance of a personal injury attorney who handles premises liability matters.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Slip and Fall Accidents Overview,” July 14, 2015
EHS Today, “The High Cost of Slips, Trips and Falls,” Sandy Smith, July 15, 2013
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