Slip and Fall Injuries
“Slip and fall” is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and falls, sustaining injuries on someone else’s property. Since there are many different circumstances that can cause someone to fall, property owners must be aware of the conditions both inside and outside their property, and take steps to ensure that members of the public are protected from harm, or warned of a potentially dangerous situation, (a newly-mopped floor, for example). There are many dangerous conditions, like torn carpeting, uneven flooring, poor lighting, or a wet floor that can cause someone to fall and be injured. If someone trips on broken or cracked public sidewalks, or falls in a pothole, the municipality could potentially be held responsible for not protecting citizens from harm.
Slip and Fall Injuries by the Numbers
- 15 % Of all accidental deaths in the U.S. are due to falls.
- 2.8 Million Older people are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall-related injuries.
- 60 % Of slip-and-fall accidents happen at service, wholesale and retail trade workplaces.
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