Many people in the U.S. suffer injuries from falling. While a number of different factors lead to falls, one thing is common: injuries are often the result of a slip-and-fall accident in Georgia and nationwide.
According to a 2010 publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a number of different factors that lead to slip-and-fall accidents and injuries were identified. These hazardous slip-and-fall factors include:
- Poor drainage problems
- Contaminants on the floor
- Icy and snowy weather conditions
- Indoor and outdoor walking surface irregularities
- Inadequate lighting
- Lack of handrails
When these hazards cause a person to fall down, a victim may suffer from bruises, contusions, concussions, fractures, broken bones, torn ligaments, strained muscles, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, head trauma, and traumatic brain injury. These injuries account for about nine million visits to the emergency room (ER) annually from falls and about one million ER visits each year for slips and falls. This information, reported in 2011 by the National Safety Council, indicates that slip-and-fall incidents are too common—affecting and injuring too many people.
Sadly, slip-and-fall injuries in Georgia and around this nation have a substantial effect on a person’s ability to work and earn a living. In fact, about 22 percent of slip-and-fall cases involve more than 31 days off from work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As people get older, the recovery time following a fall injury will increase, as well as the injury will generally be more serious with age.
If you have suffered from a slip-and-fall injury and face medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, you need to turn to a qualified Peachtree City slip-and-fall lawyer for legal advice today. To get your questions answered in a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today, and learn more about your rights to a financial recovery.