Before we begin this article on personal injury law, let’s clear the air about one of biggest misconceptions concerning “slip” and a “fall” accidents. Many accidents can warrant the filing of a personal injury claim and subsequent lawsuit. Auto accidents usually top the list of types of personal injury lawsuits, but “slip” and “fall” accidents are many times in the top five.
This type of personal injury case is also one of the most used in terms of fraud. Any person who frequents a major supermarket after a rainy day usually has to side-step around a plethora of yellow cones that blanket the interior area with the warning of possible “wet” floors. Others visit with ulterior motives.
Causes Of Wet Floors!
If you ask 10 people on the street a random question like: “What is the major cause of “slip” and “fall” accidents, seven out of ten would probably answer wet or damp floors. That’s a correct answer, but not the only cause of these type of accidents. The entire list would eat up an 8 x 10 piece of paper, and include such subjects as clutter, improper cleaning and footwear (women please note.)
Actually, nearly 50 percent of facility accidents can be attributed to the type of
flooring that was installed.
Industrial Injury Accidents And Deaths!
When moving into the industrial injury accident conundrum, we can add one more to the causes; slips, trips and falls since they makeup 15 percent of all accidental deaths; second only to motor vehicles in terms of fatalities – Yikes! And in case you’re keep score, last year almost 900 occupational deaths were due to falls; mostly from one level to another.
That brings us back to the opening “headline” of this article that stated “slips” and “falls” are two different things. That said, allow us to clarify that statement.
People who “slip,” slip on a floor, and loose their balance. On the other hand, when you “fall,” you usually fall from one level or place to another level. Now let’s calculate some dollars and cents about slip and fall accidents.
According to the annual workplace safety index the yearly cost of disabling occupational injuries due to slips, falls and trips is estimated to reach $11 Billion (that’s a B). This makes these occupational injuries the second most costly type of personal injury. And if you’re wondering what the reason is for these injuries piling up, you need only research the word: “overexertion.” That comment also shows that bodily reaction, which comprises injuries from slipping or tripping, is the third highest injury category, followed by falls to a lower level.
The Breakdown Of Costs For Slipping, Falling, and Tripping!
The average cost from these type of injuries is $22,800 per accident. The average workers’ comprehensive compensation claim drops less at $19,000 per. Of course these cost numbers only account for medical costs involved. On top of that there is usually a hefty fine if it pertains to an accident that could have been prevented. If an employee is injured on the job, the costs could even rise higher.
When a occupant/employee or visitor to a commercial or industrial building has an accident, limits and fees that include, but not be limited to, medical and legal can sometimes reach “floating in the sky balloon” levels. So the question may arise in your mind as who the recipients are that fall?
* Adults over the age of 55 are more prone for fall or slip accidents.
* One out of every three folks over the age of 65 fall each year; not once or twice, but more than that.
Slip and fall accidents are more common than you think. And aside from those who fall on purpose and falsely claim injury, slip and fall injuries can be very serious. In many cases, they can change lives forever. Don’t be a statistic; use common sense.