SLIP, TRIP or FALL ACCIDENT
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip or trip and fall injury and over 17,000 people die each year from these injuries.
Slip or trip and fall accident statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip or trip and fall injury and over 17,000 people die each year from these injuries. The Brain Injury Association of America considers slip or trip and fall injuries to be one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury. Fifteen percent of fatal work place accidents are caused by these falls. Injury to the head, face, spine, pelvis, hip, leg, upper arm, forearm, and hand are most common.
How slip or trip and fall accidents occur
Slip or trip and fall accidents may occur anywhere. Sidewalks, steps, parking lots, office buildings, stores, restaurants, construction sites are just a few examples. These falls occur because something is present on a walking surface which is totally unexpected to the walker.
These unexpected hazards include contaminants such as oil, water, ice, or sticky substances on walking surfaces. Indoor and outdoor surface irregularities may cause tripping particularly when these irregularities are poorly illuminated. Indoor and outdoor step irregularities can be very hazardous if steps are too short to be clearly seen or too tall to negotiate. Tripping may also be caused by the improper use of floor mats, runners, the presence of cords, wires and hoses.
All property owners are legally required to keep their property safe and to maintain hazard free walkways. When property owners or governmental agencies fail to maintain reasonable standards of safety they may be held liable for injuries that result from these violations.
You may not have control over whether a slip or trip and fall happens, but you can protect your rights by hiring a knowledgeable slip or trip and fall attorney. Call the Tiwald Law Firm if you have been injured by a slip or trip and fall accident.
It is extremely important to seek the advice of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when you are in legal trouble. If you have been the victim of a personal injury due to the negligence, carelessness or abuse of another person, please contact us today to discuss your legal options.