Slip and fall accidents are an enormous public health and safety problem even though many people wrongly assume that these incidents involve nothing more than tripping over an untied shoelace and skinning a knee or an elbow. The fact of the matter is that slip and fall accidents can be and often are deadly, and thousands of people are badly injured in the United States every year because they slip and fall after encountering a dangerous condition while lawfully on the property of someone else. These types of incidents can and generally should lead to legal action.
Slip and fall accidents occur often enough that the federal government as well as several other entities keep track of the statistics that relate to these incidents. Some of the statistics regarding these accidents come as quite a surprise to the people who see them for the first time, and perhaps they will help explain why those who are injured in this manner should take action to hold those responsible for these situations accountable. Below are five troubling facts regarding slip and fall accidents in the United States.
- Two Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
As stated above, slip and fall injuries are prevalent enough that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, tracks the relevant statistics. The CDC has also split these incidents into two categories, including same-level slip and fall injuries and elevated slip and fall injuries.
- Not Falling Far
Most people assume that it takes quite a height for someone to be badly injured in an elevated fall. However, the CDC states that more than 60 percent of elevated falls involve a height of 10 feet or less. Many of these falls still result in serious injuries.
- Not Walking Away Unscathed
The CDC further estimates that a large percentage of people who experience a slip and fall accident are not able to simply walk away from it. Specifically, their estimate indicates that anywhere between 20 percent and 30 percent of people who fall in this manner suffer either moderate or severe injuries that require medical care.
- Nursing Homes Not a Cure-All
Obviously, people tend to lose their lives in nursing homes for a variety of reasons that include age and advanced illness. However, the CDC also estimates that nursing home residents account for 20 percent of all fatalities resulting from slip and fall accidents in people who are at least 65 years old every year.
- Emergency Room Overrun
In addition to the high number of Americans 65 and older who are killed in slip and fall accidents, nearly 2 million people in this age group are treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries suffered in these types of incidents.
Obviously, slip and fall accidents are a serious issue, and those who are injured need to take the potential remedies seriously as well. If you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.