According to a recent report by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slip and fall accidents account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the U.S. every year.
OSHA also says that an estimated 540,000 people end up in the emergency room each year after falling. More than half of theseincidents will result in a disabling injury.
Anyone who enters a public venue is at risk for slipping and falling, especially if the property owner has not taken the necessary precautions to keep the premises safe.
According to OSHA, some of the common places where slip and fall accidents occur include:
Most slip and fall accidents happen on a flat, level surface. However, if a floor is wet, greasy, has uneven tiles or bad carpeting, this poses a danger to someone walking across that area. Parking lots can be hazardous in the winter, if ice and snow have not been properly removed.
Not all accidents are preventable, but if the property owner was aware that an unsafe condition existed and failed to take action or warn patrons, the injured person may be able to sue for damages. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyercan explain your legal options for recovering damages.
U.S. public spaces account for more of these slip and fall accidents because more people make use of public space than private space. But whether you’re in a public or private space when you slip and fall, the injuries you sustain might be lasting and could have a wide range of negative effects on your life.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, such as:
Back and neck injuries
If you or someone you love has been involved in a slip and fall accident, you should consult an experienced attorney to see if you have grounds for an injury lawsuit. Note, the time you have to file a lawsuit is limited, so it’s to your benefit to not delay.
Feel free to contact our California Law Firm via email at Info@ArashLaw.com or call us at 800-890-7375. One of our lawyers will be happy to assist you with your personal injury case.
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