Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and, as statistics show, at any time. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), incidents involving slips, trips, and falls result in more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year. Here are some other statistics and information about slip and fall accidents:
- Slip and fall accidents are among the most common cause of on-the-job injuries, accounting for more than 23% of all workplace accidents.
- Slips and falls are consistently a leading cause of accidental injury in the United States.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that more than 15,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of slips and falls in 2005.
- Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including: wet floors, uneven surfaces, open holes, and improper footwear.
Statistics make it clear that slip and fall accidents happen frequently, and that they can - and often do - result in serious injuries. Thankfully, the civil justice system provides victims injured in preventable slip and fall accidents the right to hold at-fault parties accountable for their injuries.
Slip and fall accidents typically fall under premises liability, an area of law that requires property owners to provide safe conditions for visitors and guests. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on another's property due to dangerous conditions, you may have the right to recover compensation. Below are two common examples of slip and fall accidents where premises liability law would apply:
- A retail store failed to clean up a spill or other similar potential hazard.
- An amusement park failed to adequately warn guests about potential hazards that could cause slip and fall accidents and injuries.
Because every case is different, the unique facts and circumstances of your case will determine whether you have a right to pursue compensation following a slip and fall accident. At The Dunnion Law Firm, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you learn more about premises liability, your rights, and how our firm can fight on your behalf.
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