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Facts about slip, trip and fall accidents

It doesn't matter how agile you are on your feet. It doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, or how old you are. Anyone can fall prey to a slip, trip and fall accident and suffer very serious injuries. This article will discuss some important facts and figures relating to slip-and-fall events.

Each year, U.S. emergency rooms treat 8 million fall accident victims. In fact, fall accidents are the leading reason for emergency room visits. Twenty-one percent of all emergency room visits are for fall injuries. Among these fall accidents, 12 percent are slip-and-fall incidents.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that flooring materials and floors cause over 2 million fall accidents annually. Fifty percent of deaths that happen at home are caused by fall accidents, and most of these in-home falls were at ground level; they didn't involve someone falling from stairs or a higher elevation.

Hip fractures are the worst types of fall injuries. They result in the most deaths and are particularly prevalent in the elderly, who have more fragile bones and less ability to balance. One out of three people aged 66 and up will have a fall accident. Those who have fallen before have a higher chance of falling again. According to national statistics from 2005, 15,000 people 66 years of age or older died from fall accidents. This figure has probably increased over the last decade due to the growth in our nation's elderly population.

As you can see, slip-and-fall accidents are a serious concern in Florida and other areas of the United States. For this reason, pedestrians need to be careful when navigating their environments -- particularly elderly pedestrians. Furthermore, property owners need to take care of their premises to prevent slips and falls from happening.

Property owners that neglect to keep their premises safe can be held financially liable by plaintiffs who are injured as a result of that negligence. At Dolan, Dobrinsky, Rosenblum, LLP, we help people injured in slip and fall events pursue these kinds of claims, and we are available to speak with you about your potential lawsuit.

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