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31 August 2015

Slip & Falls: Understanding Accidents Through Statistics

A slip and fall is a type of accident that occurs when a person falls after slipping on some sort of hazardous condition.

These accidents often cause individuals to suffer serious injuries which can have several negative consequences.

For many people, becoming the victim of a fall accident seems highly unlikely. However, these accidents are much more common than most people think and can affect anybody.

In this post we shed some light on slip and fall accidents in America by highlighting some interesting statistics. Additionally, we discuss what you can do after being injured in a fall accident.

How Common Are Slip And Fall Accidents?

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), general falls account for more than 8 million emergency room visits per year. Of those incidents, slip and fall accidents account for approximately 1 million hospital visits each year.

Among the various types of injuries suffered during falls, fractures are among the most serious and represent 5% of all serious injuries sustained in fall accidents.

Slip and fall accidents become increasingly dangerous as a person ages. In fact, each year one out of every three Americans over the age of 65 experiences a fall.

Of all fatal fall accidents, more than half involve people that are 75 years or older.

Why Do They Happen?

An individual can slip as the result of several different factors. However some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet or slippery flooring, weather hazards such as snow or ice, and flooring with inconsistent friction.

How These Injuries Affect Work

Slip and fall accidents can occur at work, too.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips / trips and falls account for the majority of accidents in general industry workplaces.

Furthermore, slip and falls often result in injuries that require an employer to take time off from work. In fact, NFSI reports that slip and falls are the primary cause of lost days from work.

Additionally, injuries suffered from slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims in America.

What To Do After A Fall

Slip and fall accidents often result in costly medical expenses, as well as lost income.  In fact, statistics published by Wausau Insurance estimate the average cost of a slip-related injury to be more than $12,000.

Obviously, the combination of expensive medical bills and lost income can create difficult financial situations for victims of slip accidents.

However, if you were injured after falling you may be entitled to take legal action to recover the financial expenses that you’ve lost as a result of your injury.

Depending on the specific circumstances, you may be able to sue a responsible party in a premises liability lawsuit.

Contact Our New York Lawyers

At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C., we have been representing slip and fall victims throughout New York for decades. We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the maximum compensation that they may be entitled to. 

If you have any questions about slip and fall accidents you can contact us today for a free consultation.