Shocking Statistics about Slip and Fall Accidents
Unfortunately, a slip and fall accident can occur at any time, in any location. In some cases, the incident is the fault of the victim. They were unaware of signage indicating a potential hazard. However, in other situations, the fault lies with the property owner.
However, slip and fall accidents don’t just occur to people going about their day to day lives. They are also a leading cause of on-the-job accidents. Regardless of where or how the slip and fall occurred, if it resulted from the negligence or fault of someone else, then you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. Working with a Florida personal injury attorney is the best way to know for sure.
Facts about Slip and Fall Accidents
Consider the following facts about slip and fall accidents:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fall fatalities are equally divided among women and men; however, falls accounted for 11% of job-related deaths for men compared to 5% for women.
The most serious consequences of falls are fractures, which occur in 5% of cases.
Falls result in over 8 million visits to the emergency room with slips and falls accounting for more than 1 million visits.
50% of all accident deaths in the home result from a fall.
What Causes Falls and Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are countless causes of slip and fall and fall accidents. For example, according to information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) flooring materials and floors directly contribute to over two million fall injuries every year. Also, of falls that occur in the home, the majority of them occur at ground level, rather than an elevation.
Slips and Falls On the Job
While a slip and fall situation can happen anywhere and because of a myriad of conditions, a common place where slip and fall accidents occur is on the job. In fact, 85% of all workers compensation claims are attributed to an employee slipping on a slippery floor according to the Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets. Also, 22% of slip and fall incidents led to over 31 days away from work.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you want the opportunity to recover compensation for your slip and fall accident, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney. In this case, they have to prove the following:
- The dangerous condition that led to the fall was created by the property owner
- The condition was known about, but nothing was done to correct it
- The dangerous condition occurred long enough that the owner should have found and corrected it
The laws related to slip and fall accidents can be complex. Hiring a personal injury attorney in Florida for help is the best way to ensure you receive a fair amount of compensation. Additional help and information can be found by calling the attorneys at the Leifer Law Firm at 561-660-9421. You can schedule a free consultation to have your case reviewed.