Slip and fall accidents do not get the serious thought and recognition that they deserve. That is at least partially because of Hollywood’s regular depiction of survivors of slip and fall accidents as people who slip on banana peels and then stumble into the courtroom in a neck brace. Unfortunately, that common depiction glosses over the fact that thousands of people are seriously injured and even killed in slip and fall accidents in the United States every year. The numbers are such that many would consider slip and fall accidents a massive public safety problem.
Considering this context, it may be helpful to present some facts regarding slip and fall accidents that occur in the United States. People who have been injured in this manner while on the property of someone else can face enormous financial and non-financial losses, and these losses need to be recaptured if these people were injured because of the negligent conduct of others. Below are 5 facts regarding slip and fall accidents in the United States that may not be very well known by the public.
The National Safety Council is a group that brings about awareness to accidental injuries. According to this group, more than 25,000 people are injured in slip and fall accidents every day across the country. That equates to more than 9 million people every year.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, slip and fall accidents are the most common reason for people to visit emergency rooms every year. This means that more people go to the hospital for slip and fall accidents than for car accidents.
According to the federal government, food service employees are extremely vulnerable to slip and fall injuries. Estimates indicate that as many as 3 million food service workers suffer injuries as a result of these incidents every year.
The food service workers are not the only ones vulnerable to slip and fall injuries. Estimates also indicate that as many as 1 million restaurant guests are injured in these occurrences on an annual basis across the country.
The CDC also states that approximately one out of every three Americans older than the age of 65 suffers a fall every year. Unfortunately, only about half of these people report to the hospital or even tell their doctors.
People who are injured in slip and fall accidents need to take immediate steps not only to obtain the medical attention that they need but also to protect their legal rights. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred while you were legally on someone else’s property, contact the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.