Slip and Fall!

From unstable ladders to wet bathroom floors, slip and fall hazards are everywhere! For some, falls might not seem that horrible — falling at a restaurant or store is embarrassing, sure, but how bad can a fall really be? However, slip and falls can cause serious injuries.

  • Annually, falls account for about 8 million hospital room visits, making falls the leading cause of hospital visits
  • Half of all accidental deaths that occur at home are the result of a fall
  • Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims
  • Falls account for 16% of workplace fatalities

When it comes to slip and falls, the severity often depends on the situation. For example, a slip at a restaurant and a fall from the roof of a building are likely to yield dramatically different results, although both fall under the category of slip and fall. Additionally, age plays a large role. People over the age of 50 are likely to receive more serious injuries. Unfortunately, people over 50 are also more likely to have a slip and fall accident in the first place. People who work in certain professions, like construction or roofing, are also more likely to experience a serious slip and fall accident. However, slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere.

Injuries

Slip and falls result in a variety of injuries, ranging from very mild to fatal. Common injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures — fractures are the most common slip and fall injury, especially hip fractures in older people
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Seeking Compensation

If a fall is the result or negligent conditions or a defective product, the injured party can seek compensation. Generally, slip and falls are premise liability claims. After a fall, the victim should gather evidence, if possible, including witnesses to the accident or photographs of the area.

If a slip or fall occurs at work, it may be a matter of workers’ compensation. Injuries should immediately be reported to the employer.

Regardless of the circumstances, slip and falls should be taken very seriously. Medical attention should be the number one priority, and even seemingly minor injuries should be checked out. After that, if the victim believes their injuries were caused by negligent conditions, they should consult with an attorney.

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The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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