Slip & Fall Lawyers
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, an organization that gathers injury statistics, throughout the 5-year period of 2011 through 2015, unintentional injuries were the fourth largest cause of death in the United States taking into account the average of all age groups. In some specific age groups, however, including the 35-44 year group, unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death.
Unintentional injuries in fact encompass injuries caused by a wide variety of accidents, including but not limited to motor vehicle collisions, poisoning, suffocation, firearm accidents, and even overexertion. Out of the many examples of accidental deaths during this 5-year period, Slip & Falls were found to be the third leading type of accident causing fatal unintentional injuries, being responsible for 151,784 deaths.
Additionally, during the 5-year time period of 2010 through 2014, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported unintentional falls to be the leading cause of non-fatal injuries, being responsible for 45,313,185 injuries in the United States alone.
What is a Slip & Fall Injury?
A Slip & Fall injury is an injury sustained from a slipping, tripping or falling. Because Slip & Fall injuries often could have been prevented, and are usually due to an unsafe condition caused by a negligent party, Slip & Falls account for a large amount of law suits brought in the United States each year seeking to recover monetary awards for injuries sustained.
Slip & Falls may cause minor injuries, such as pulled muscles, stretched tendons, sprained wrists or broken ankles. More serious Slip & Fall injuries can result in fractured clavicles, tailbone bruises, spinal cord or brain injuries, or death.
What are Some Common types of Slip & Falls?
Slip & Fall injuries can be caused by any of the following:
- Wet floors and/or cluttered walkways. These types of Slip & Falls can happen anywhere, but they are most common in places such as supermarkets, airports, restaurants, hospitals, department stores, and hotels.
- Damaged floors. Damaged flooring can cause Slip & Falls due to maintenance needs that have been ignored. Loose carpet in aisles, cracked floor tiles in walkways, or worn treads on stairs, are all examples of how neglect can cause unsafe conditions leading to Slip & Fall injuries.
- Inadequate lighting. Dark hallways that are not equipped with proper lighting, or dark stairways with broken lighting can cause vision problems that lead to a Slip & Fall.
- Damaged sidewalks, improperly constructed stairways, and potholes. Uneven sidewalk panels, gaps between sidewalk panels, uneven steps, or ditches in the pavement, are examples of hazards that can cause Slip & Fall injuries. Common places where these types of injuries occur include community sidewalks, parking lots, and stadiums.
How are Slip & Fall Injuries Evaluated?
Individuals who believe they have suffered a Slip & Fall injury should receive a thorough medical evaluation by a medical professional. If you believe that you or your loved one has suffered a Slip & Fall injury, consult with our compassionate and dedicated legal team to assess your claim and explain your rights and options. Contact us today by calling (561) 444-7980 to schedule a confidential, in-person meeting.
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