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5 Troubling Facts Regarding Slip and Fall Accidents in the United States

Slip and fall accidents are an enormous public health and safety problem even though many people wrongly assume that these incidents involve nothing more than tripping over an untied shoelace and skinning a knee or an elbow. The fact of the matter is that slip and fall accidents can be, and often are, deadly, and thousands of people are badly injured in the United States every year because they slip and fall because of a dangerous condition while on the property of someone else.

These types of incidents can and, generally should, lead to legal action. Slip and fall accidents occur often enough that the federal government and several other entities keep track of the statistics that relate to these types of incidents. Some of the statistics regarding these accidents come as quite a surprise to the people who see them for the first time, and perhaps they will help explain why those who are injured in this manner should take action to hold those responsible for these situations. Below are five troubling facts regarding slip and fall accidents in the United States.

1. Two Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

As stated above, slip and fall injuries are prevalent enough that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, tracks the relevant statistics. The CDC has also split these incidents into two categories:

  • Same-level slip and fall injuries
  • Elevated slip and fall injuries

2. A Fall Is A Fall, No Matter How High

Most people assume that it takes quite a height for someone to be badly injured in an elevated fall. However, the CDC states that regardless of the hight, a fall can still result in serious injuries.

3. Not Walking Away Unscathed

The CDC further estimates that a large percentage of people who experience a slip and fall accident are not able to simply walk away from it. Specifically, their estimate indicates that people who fall in this manner suffer either moderate or severe injuries that require medical care.

4. Nursing Homes Are At Higher Risk

Obviously, people who live in nursing homes are often older and less stable on their feet. In 2017, the CDC reported that each year, millions of people over the age of 65 fall. It also reported that falling once can double a person's chance of falling a second time. The CDC also estimates that each year, 3 million elderly people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.

5. Emergency Room Overrun

In addition to the high number of elderly Americans who have suffered injuries due to falls, it is documented that fall injuries are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The CDC reported in 2017 that 800,000 patients were hospitalized due to a fall injury, and in 2015, the total medical costs related to fall injuries added up to $50 billion.

Obviously, slip and fall accidents are a serious issue, and those who are injured need to take the potential remedies seriously as well. If you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, contact the Las Vegas lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.