Slip, trip and fall accidents are one of the most common in everyday life. When it happens to you, you want someone experienced to handle your case. David has been practicing personal injury law for 19 years and is recognized as one of the 20 best personal injuries attorneys in Los Angeles by Expertise.com. Call (800) 991-5292 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review if you have been injured by another’s negligence in a business, grocery store, at a government building or in a private home.
Overall Incidence of Slip and Fall Accidents
In the United States, more than one million people suffer a slip and fall injury. This accounts for about one million emergency room visits each year. Approximately 17,000 people die due to slip, trip and fall accidents annually. With these statistics, it is important that property owners take sufficient precautions to avert such accidents. One of the major ways slip, trip and fall accidents can be avoided is by inspecting the property on a regular basis. In this way, hazardous conditions can be removed or repaired before an accident happens.
Gender and Age in Slip and Fall Accidents
Older individuals experience falls at an alarming rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33 percent of all those over the age of 65 experience a fall each year. Of these, 15,000 died in 2005, and the number has increased in the succeeding decade. One of the most serious and devastating injuries due to a slip and fall is hip fracture. For older people, this may herald the loss of independence. Hip fractures usually require surgery, and most undergo hip replacement. In addition, a leading cause of death for those between 65 and 84 are falls, and for individuals above 84, it is the leading cause. More women experience a slip and fall accident than men.
Statistics of Work-Related Slip,Trips and Falls
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slips, trips and falls cause 15 percent of deaths on the job. While it is not the major cause of workplace fatal accidents, it does account for the most common reason for lost days at work with 22 percent involving in excess of 31 days. Manufacturing industry employees have about 16,000 falls each year, but the service industry tops the list at 60 percent of all falls. Because of this, OSHA has issued a guide urging employers to take prudent steps to avoid slip, trip and fall injuries.
Slip, Trip and Fall: Common Injuries
About 30 percent of all those who suffer a slip, trip and fall accident will experience an injury. Such accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, causing 46 percent of fatalities among those 65 and older.
The most common fractures are those of the upper and lower extremities as well as the hip and pelvis. Falls are the cause of fractures in 87 percent of those over 65, increasing with each decade of life. These injuries are the reason for 40 percent of admissions to nursing homes.
Turn to the Law Offices of David Azizi If You Have a Slip and Fall Accident
The numbers of slip, trip and fall accidents are surprisingly high. If you’ve been injured in such an accident, call David Azizi now at (800) 991-5292 any time of day, any day of the week. There are statutes of limitation that set the time you have to file a claim. In personal injury cases, that is usually two years from the time the accident happened in California. Don’t wait until it’s too late to file.