Each year, slip-and-fall injuries account for around 1 million hospital
visits. These accidents occur in many different settings and on a variety
of surfaces. It is important to know the many risks of slips and falls,
which can have significant legal and health-related consequences. If you suffer a
slip-and-fall injury due to the negligence of another party, you are entitled to compensation
that will allow you to recover properly. Read on to learn some facts about
slips and falls.
Slip and Fall Hazards
Certain surfaces and situations create increased risks for slips and falls.
Be especially careful if you are walking on or near uneven surfaces, stairs,
crowds, ramps, and doorways. Icy surfaces are an additional risk in the
winter months. If you notice that an area seems particularly dangerous,
notify the owner of the property. If they fail to address safety concerns,
they could be sued in the event of an accident.
Slip and Fall Injuries
When a person experiences a slip-and-fall accident, they may suffer a variety
of injuries. Many people try to catch themselves as they fall, breaking
hands and arms in the process. Older adults frequently experience broken
hips as a result of slips and falls. In severe cases, such as slips on
ice or falls down stairs, victims may suffer injuries to the brain or
spinal cord. These injuries have a terrible impact on people’s lives,
and recovery can be long and expensive.
Slip and Fall Statistics
Of all slip-and-fall injuries, hip fractures are the most serious. They
lead to more health complications than any other type of injury, and can
lead to wrongful death.
According to the CDC, approximately 22,900 older adults died as a result of fall injuries in
2011. Falls also lead to many workplace injuries, with 85% of
worker’s compensation claims linked to falls on slippery surfaces.
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip or fall, contact the personal
injury lawyers at
Rion, Rion & Rion. We successfully have represented many clients seeking compensation for
injuries suffered due to the fault of parties such as property owners
and employers. To find out what your case could look like, call Rion,
Rion & Rion at (937) 223-9133.