According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injuries as a result of slipping, tripping or falling are among the most common injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Over a million Americans suffer such injuries annually. While tripping or slipping may seem like a minor problem it kills over 17,000 Americans a year.Falls are to blame for nearly nine million visits to American emergency rooms annually.
Slips, trips, and falls are the second most common cause of workplace fatalities. They account for 15% of all reported work-related injuries. Last year nearly seven hundred American workers died of workplace falls, slips, or trips.
In American extended care facilities just under 2000 people died of fall-related injuries .
In American households nearly 60% of fall injuries are caused by slips, trips, or stumbles. Half of these occur inside the house and the remainder of them occurs outside the house or in the nearby vicinity. Most occur on flat terrain. Outside the home only 15% happen on stairs or escalators. Many falls outside the home are caused by curbs or obstacles like furniture.
The most frequent fallers are adults over fifty-five. 33% of adults over sixty-five fall every year—many of them fall repeatedly.
Slip and fall accidents can be very serious. Often they are life-changing events.
Who is Responsible?
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, the owner may be liable. However, a property owner cannot always be held responsible for someone slipping or tripping on something that an ordinary person should expect to find there or should see and avoid. We have an obligation to take precautions about where we are going.
In order for to be legally responsible for the injuries someone suffers as a result of slipping or tripping and falling, the following must be true:
- The fall resulted from a worn or torn spot, or a slippery or dangerous surface or item.
- The owner was aware of the dangerous surface and did nothing to correct it.
- The owner should have known because it was obvious and should have been removed or repaired.
Is Your Lawsuit Reasonable?
- Was the dangerous spot there long enough that the owner should have known about it?
- Is there a regular procedure for examining and cleaning or repairing this property?
- Was there a legitimate reason for the object you tripped over to be there?
- Could a simple barrier have warned of a slipping danger?
- Did poor or broken lighting contribute to the accident?
If any of the above is true, you may have a good claim for compensation. Did your own carelessness in any way contribute to your accident?
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