Did you know that slips, trips, and falls kill 17,000 people every year in the US? These accidents are common, and they can cause severe, even life-threatening injuries.
The infographic below highlights the prevalence of slips, trips, and falls and the most common types of accidents. The Centers for Disease Control use two categories to describe slips, trips, and falls. The first is same-level falls. Same-level falls occur when you slip or trip on a flat surface, for example, when you’re walking on the sidewalk. The second category is elevated falls. If you fell down the stairs or you tripped on an object on a beach promenade and fell down onto the rocks below, these would be examples of elevated falls. Elevated falls usually carry a higher risk of serious injury.
Slips and trips can happen at any time, but they are a significant occupational risk. These accidents account for 15% of work-related injuries and 19% of disabling incidents. Among the most common injuries are foot and toe injuries, with 110,000 workers experiencing this type of ailment every year in the US.
As well as employees, older people are also at high risk of slip, trip and fall injuries. Approximately 1,800 people die in nursing homes each year as a result of falls.
Falling can be very scary, and even a slight stumble can cause significant injuries. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s essential to seek medical advice, to ask eyewitnesses for their contact details and to report the incident. Avoid making a statement before speaking to an attorney. If you are thinking about making a claim after a fall, a slip, trip, and fall lawyer can help you increase your chances of success.
Infographic Created By Shiner Law Group