There are so many different types of accidents that can and do occur, yet slip and falls “account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits,” according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). While many are misguided by the term “slip and fall,” it is merely defined as fall where someone either tripped over something or slipped on an object of some sort. Any accident that constitutes as a fall may also be classified as a slip and fall incident.
The best way to determine if your accident would be regarded as a slip and fall would be to consult with a local San Diego accident attorney.
Based on the current data provided by NFSI, with these types of accidents representing the leading cause of all emergency room visits, clearly they are an issue for many.
Statistics have revealed that elderly individuals have a higher risk of engaging in a slip and fall than any other age group.
Where do most slip and fall accidents occur?
When a claim is filed for a slip and fall, it generally means negligence was a contributing factor to the injury. Whether you went to a grocery store and an employee failed to wipe up some liquid or you fell while on the job because the environment wasn’t safe, these would be viable reasons to file a personal injury claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
Although these types of accidents can happen anywhere, there are some places that have been identified with increased numbers of slip and falls occurring there. Provided below are some facts the NFSI has shared that highlight just how common these incidents are and where they transpire.
- In the home- Half of all the reported accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall. These generally happens at ground level, not from an elevated level.
- At the workplace- Slip and fall accidents are “the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.”
- Inside a nursing home- “Over 60% of nursing home residents will fall each year.”
Who is most susceptible to a slip and fall?
As you know, with age comes knowledge and well, less stability. Unfortunately, elderly individuals are known to engage in these types of accidents much more frequently than any other age group. The CDC has highlighted that in 2005, “more than 15,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall.” The CDC has also noted that nearly “1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated in the emergency room as a result of a fall.”
While some of these accidents may have been caused by a careless individual who failed to provide a safe environment for these elderly individuals, others were just an accident. And apparently as we age, our risk goes up as the NFSI states that “incidence of falls goes up with each decade of life.”
What to do if you slip and fall and need to file a personal injury claim?
After tending to your injuries, you are going to want to call San Diego, CA accident lawyer Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates. They can help you better understand what you may be entitled to receive and how to about getting it.