Slip and Fall Accidents Attorney
Slipping, falling over, or even tripping over is a part of every day life. We have all suffered scraped knees and elbows as children, however, there are many occasions where a slip and fall can cause a lot more injuries than just scraping the knees and elbows.
The National Safety Council estimates there are over 9 million disabling slip and fall injuries occurring each year in the United States. Broken down, that equates to over 25 thousand injuries per day, or 175,000 each week.
The most susceptible to slip and fall injuries are children and the elderly but is also the most common work related injury according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 35% of all work related injuries a classified as fall and represent 65% of all work days lost. The average work days an employee is off the job following a slip and fall injury is 38 days per accident.
With slip and fall being such a common accident that causes injuries, it is no surprise to learn that slip and fall accidents result in 95 million lost work days per year in the United States, with expenses from these injuries amounting to $ 3.5 million per hour, every day of the year. This is a one hundred billion dollar a year problem.
The National Floor Safety Institute states that over 3 million food service employees and around 1 million guests are injured annually due to slip and fall accidents. It has been estimated that the food service industry spends more than $2 billion every year on such injuries. The most alarming statistic is that this figure is rising by around 10% each year.
Slip and fall accident injuries are less serious if the victim falls on a fleshier part of the body however, should the victim fall on a more bony part of the body then more serious injuries can occur. The worst cases of slip and fall injuries can result in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and even death. It is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention following a slip and fall accident, especially if you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty in focusing your eyes
- Head, neck or back pain
- Walking difficulties
- Vomiting or sleepiness
Slip and fall laws are complex and seeking compensation or filing a lawsuit is not something any victim should undertake alone. Basically, the claim or case must show that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that cause the slip and fall.