The most common accidents in the United States are slip and falls. Slip and falls can occur to anyone at any age. The older we get, the more likely it is that when a slip and fall happens, that fall will cause serious, and possibly fatal, injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about 1.8 million people 65 years of age and older seek emergency medical attention because of injuries caused by slip and falls.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
There are a number of factors that can cause slip and falls.
Negligent Actions of Others
Most times slip and falls are caused because of the negligent actions or inaction of others. Wet or icy floors can make walking difficult. So can uneven floors, carpeting, and buckling in the ground. Dark or poorly lit areas may make it more hazardous to walk at night. Lastly, boxes or other items placed in an aisle or walkway may make some trips.
What is Meant by Negligence in Slip and Falls?
Often, the negligence of someone else is the reason why someone gets hurt. Negligence means that a person knows or should have known that their action or inaction can cause an accident that results in serious bodily harm.
For example, an apartment complex knows the stairwell gets wet and slippery when it gets humid outside but does nothing to fix the problem or warn residents of the danger. If someone slips and fall and gets hurt because of the slippery condition, the owner may be liable because their inactions were negligent
Liable for Compensation
When a slip and fall injury is due to negligence, there is a possibility the victim may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills and other damages.
Possible Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the most common injuries sustained from slip and falls include, but are not limited to:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Head trauma
Slip and Fall Injuries and Age
As we age, injuries from falls become more detrimental. It is no surprise that older people are more likely to suffer broken bones. Statistically speaking, 67% of slip and falls occur to individuals that are 75 years of age and older. Those who are over the age of 85 are 15 times more likely to suffer hip fractures than those who are 60 years of age.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a slip and fall, it is best to seek guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to speak with an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your legal options really are.