In California, countless slip and fall accidents happen each and every day, many being televised as the individuals ask for compensation for their injuries.
To get a better grasp on why these accidents are so common, how they are handled, and why they’re not just workplace incidents, let’s take a look at some of the many slip and fall accident statistics that stand out.
1. Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).
When people think of slips and falls, they tend to think of the comical banana gags and rarely picture serious injuries pertaining to these incidents. However, in countless cases worldwide, the aftermath of these horrendous slips and falls involve emergency visits and fatalities.
2. Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
It’s no secret that the older you get, the less agile you are. On top of this, as you get older, you become more likely to be seriously injured from things that would have only led to a few bruises and scratches years ago.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that countless seniors suffer from severe injuries caused by slip and fall accidents yearly.
3. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
We’ve all likely walked on a slippery floor or tripped over a crack we didn’t notice. Unsurprisingly, many of the slip and fall cases that occur can be attributed to the floor installation or the flooring brand itself.
4. Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition[EL1] ).
Because these incidents are serious and can lead to horrific injuries and even death, the compensation amount typically associated with these accidents is relatively high and is usually dependent on who or what was at fault.
If you or a loved one has been subject to a serious slip and fall accident in Valencia, Santa Clarita, or Canyon Country and are looking for the compensation needed to pay your medical bills and move on with your life, give us a call today! We at the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson will be happy to help you with your case and with obtaining your compensation in no time!