Slip and fall injuries in the USA
Slip-and-fall injuries are more common than you think. Many times, emergency rooms of hospitals are full of victims of slip-and-fall injuries. These victims are at a loss, in terms of who to go to for seeking guidance.
Many people don’t report such incidents because they feel it’s their fault that they weren’t paying attention. Due to this hesitance, the responsible parties often don’t get a chance to correct the hazards which could injure other people.
Slip and fall injuries often manifest as long term aches and therefore it’s necessary to get treatment as well as compensation for the personal injury you’ve suffered. To do this, you need to contact your doctor and your McKinney personal injury lawyer.
Here’s a list of symptoms you should look for when you or someone you know has suffered a slip and fall injury:
- Bruises & cuts
- Bone fractures
- Ankle and wrist sprains
- Brain injury
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Hip fracture
- Dislocated bones
- Soft tissue damage
What do the statistics say?
Over 10 million people are injured in slip and fall accidents per year. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reports non-fatal injuries for everyone who isn’t in the 10 to 24 years age group.
This is a scary statistic and needs to be improved. 3 million senior citizens are admitted to emergency rooms every year. Here are some other statistics based on the report by NFSI –
- 40% of all admissions to nursing homes are caused by slip and fall accidents
- Slip and fall accidents are the cause of most missed days in jobs.
- More men die from such accidents than women
- 5% of all slip and fall accidents result in fractured bones.
What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents?
The cause of different hazards which can lead to slip and fall injuries are –
Weather : Snow or rain are one of the leading causes of these injuries. Accumulation of snow or rain and improper cleaning can lead to slip and fall incidents.
Wet or slippery floors : Water left on floors can cause slippery floors and therefore such fall accidents.
Design of the building : The levels of the floors in any building or the stairs can lead to fall injuries.
Poor lighting : Inadequate lighting in the hallways and stairways can also lead to fall injuries. This is dangerous and can lead to the responsible party being sued.
Broken sidewalks : Municipal corporations are required to maintain the sidewalks of public places. But cracks in these sidewalks can lead to tripping injuries and thus fractures.
Do you qualify for a personal injury claim?
To qualify for a personal injury claim, you should be physically injured and your injury should be measurable and or visible.
You should always document your injuries with photographic evidence, otherwise it’s just your words against that of the responsible party. Keep noting down any pain or discomfort you might experience after a slip and fall accident.
Keep a track of your hospital records to be presented during the trial.
How can you seek compensation for your fall injury?
You should contact a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
To get the compensation and justice you deserve, you need to recover from your accident. For this, a personal injury attorney’s expertise is required.
We provide you a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss the details of your personal injury at length. We make sure that the emotional trauma, long-term stress and PTSD you might have suffered won’t go in vain.
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