California Slip and Fall Attorney
legal help for slip or fall accident victims
When people think of serious personal injuries, they often imagine major vehicle accidents or workplace injuries. While these do make up a lot of injuries suffered in the United States, one of the most common, and most serious, types of personal injury occurs from a slip and fall.
Everyone is at risk for a fall, though older people carry a much higher risk for a serious injury or fatality due to a slip and fall. Most falls are not fatal, but they are the leading reason for time missed at work and the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
10 Slip and Fall Injury Statistics
- Falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury deaths worldwide.
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that floors and flooring materials contribute directly to over 2 million falls every year.
- Falls cause half of all accidental deaths in the home each year, and most happen at ground level, not at elevation.
- Every year, one out of three people over the age of 65 experience a fall.
- In older adults, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- One out of five falls results in broken bones or head injuries in older adults.
- Falls cause over 95 percent of hip injuries.
- 2.5 million people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year.
- 85 percent of workers’ compensation claims stem from employees’ slipping on slick floors.
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry.
So, what happens when a person falls? Unfortunately, it is often the case that a person will sustain a serious injury after a fall. Sometimes these injuries come in the form of broken bones (hips, wrists, arms, ankles, etc.). Head injuries are also a possibility. These can be especially serious if a person is taking medications like blood thinners. If a person hits their head after falling, they should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Poorly lit areas, cluttered floors, uneven sidewalks, wet floors, hidden steps or holes could all lead to a serious slip and fall injury. Often these conditions are present because of the negligence on behalf of the owner of said property. It must be proven that the owner knew or should have known about the condition that caused the fall and that they had a reasonable amount of time to fix that condition.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip or fall accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Proving negligence often requires the skills of an experienced California slip and fall attorney. Our team at the Shamsi Law Firm can review your case to determine your best course of action moving forward. Contact us today for a free consultation, 888-742-6745.