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Florida Slip and Fall Accidents by the Numbers

Slips and falls are a leading cause of injury at home and in the workplace. Sometimes, falls are simply accidents that happen because a person tripped over their own feet or just wasn't paying attention.

In other cases, however, slips and falls happen due to another person's negligence. Although everyone trips from time to time, and most people sustain nothing more than a few scrapes and a bruised ego, falls can result in serious injuries.

As Florida slip and fall lawyers, we believe knowledge is the first step toward reducing these types of accidents. The statistics behind slips and falls may surprise you, as these accidents happen much more often than most people realize.

Quick Facts about Falls

In the workplace, slips and falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injuries. At home, falls are the number one cause of accidental death, with 6,000 Americans dying each year due to falls in the home.

Here are some more in-depth facts about falls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 2.5 million people are treated in emergency rooms every year due to falls
  • One out of five falls results in a serious injury, such as a brain injury or broken bones
  • More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls
  • Your risk of a fall increased with every decade of life
  • Falls are the top cause of traumatic brain injury
  • Falls result in $34 billion in health care costs annually
  • Slips and falls are the leading source of workers' compensation claims
  • Five percent of all slip and fall victims sustain a fracture
  • Most fall injuries occur at ground level, rather than from an elevated surface
  • 20 percent of hip fracture patients will die within one year of the accident

Whether you fall at home, in a grocery store, or on the job, a slip or fall can result in life-changing injuries.

If your fall was caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Falls cost employers $40,000 on average per accident.

Falls are just as costly when they occur outside a work environment. If you fell because someone else was careless, you shouldn't have to shoulder the burden of medical bills, time off work, and other damages. This is where an experienced slip and fall lawyer can help.

Reducing the Risk of Slips and Falls

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, certain things increase a person's risk of sustaining a fall. Things like age, diet, and activity level are top indicators when it comes to assessing your fall risk.

Regardless of your age or your lifestyle, however, there are several steps you can take to make your environment safer.

  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Use nightlights in dark areas of your home
  • Clear the clutter, especially from heavy traffic areas in your home or office
  • Maintain clear pathways between furniture
  • Keep your stairs free of anything that could cause a trip or fall
  • Don't run extension cords across walkways
  • Secure any loose carpeting
  • Use throw rugs with caution

Talk to a Florida Slip and Fall Lawyer Today

Are you ready to take the next step toward getting the compensation you deserve? A Florida slip and fall lawyer can help you move forward with your claim. Call the Law Office of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC as soon as possible after any accident.

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