Though slip-and-fall accidents are not often fatal, they can result in various and numerous injuries that can have a huge impact on your life. These injuries can result in breaks, fractures, and sprains, which keep you from working, taking care of your family, or performing other everyday tasks.
Though the majority of slip-and-fall accidents happen as a result of occupational hazards, many accidents happen outside the workplace in stores or other public spaces. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in unexpected places, and in surprising conditions, such as on seemingly safe, level floors. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that flooring materials alone cause more than 2,000,000 fall injuries each year.
You may believe that falling on same-level floors may often be the result of clumsiness and your own fault, however consulting a personal injury lawyer who handles falling accidents may help to determine whether faulty floor or other unsafe conditions contributed to your fall and, therefore, to your injuries.
The National Floor Safety Institute has reported that accidental falls lead to over 8,000,000 emergency hospital visits each year. 12% of falls result from slipping on same-level floors, and slip-and-falls are the reason for over 1,000,000 emergency room visits, annually.
Slip-and-falls require so many emergency room visits because this kind of accident often causes broken or fractured bones, sprained muscles, and other orthopedic injuries that make it difficult to work, perform everyday tasks, or even walk.
In fact, injuries from accidental slip-and-falls are one of the primary causes of missed work. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a quarter of slip-and-fall accident victims had to miss more than 31 days of work as a result of their injury. Missing work frequently means losing wages; and a month’s lost wages will certainly have a negative impact on your life.
Furthermore, the average cost of medical treatment from a slip-and-fall is reported as $22,800. In addition to losing work time and wages, you may be liable for thousands of dollars of orthopedic treatment and physical therapy that your insurance may not cover.
If you are the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, please contact a Fayette County attorney to evaluate your case. There may be conditions that contributed to your fall of which you are unaware, and an experienced Fayette County accident attorney can help you. To schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 484-8999.