(PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Slip and fall hazards are a common occurrence and can be caused by a number of factors. A December 2010 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) publication listed the following hazards as the most common: contaminants on the floor, poor drainage problems, indoor/outdoor walking surface irregularities, icy/snowy weather conditions, inadequate lighting, and lack of handrails (i). Common injuries resulting from slip and falls may include: bruises, strained ligaments and muscles, fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, or head and brain injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) reported in 2011 that falls accounted for about 9 million visits to the emergency room each year, while slip and falls result in over 1 million emergency room visits annually (ii). These incidents are common, and their resulting injuries can have a substantial effect on your health, independence, ability to work, and prospects of future mobility. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2002 that in 22% of slip and fall cases, the individual’s subsequent time off from work exceeded 31 days (iii). These incidents can affect you financially as you struggle with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as the injuries themselves.
As we get older, the recovery time after a slip and fall injury increases drastically, with injuries such as bumps and bruising worsening to bone breaks and fractures. In the year 2000 alone, the CDC reported that falls among older adults cost the U.S. health care system over $19 billion (iv). Furthermore, according to the CDC in 2005, close to 16,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall, and approximately 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in an emergency room after a fall (v). These statistics reveal that as the population ages, the risk and severity of slip and fall accidents escalates.
Falls at work can be equally common place, as evidenced by the NSC’s 2003 release of “Injury Facts” which indicated that compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and falls is approximately $70 billion annually (v). In 2011, the fifth edition of Industrial Safety and Occupational Markets reported that 85% of workers’ compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (v). To learn more about these types of incidents, take a look at the slip and fall infographic on our slip and fall webpage.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall in the workplace or elsewhere, the Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates may be able to help. The legal staff at d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. has experience handling these types of cases, and understands just how frustrating it can be to cope with your injury. We will do our best to try and get you compensated for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or any scarring or disfigurement that has resulted from your accident. Call the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates today at 1-800-992-6878 to speak with a qualified representative, or visit us online for a free consultation.