Sadly, slip and fall accidents are a big part of our personal injury practice. Did you know that over half a million of serious slip and fall accidents requiring hospitalization occur in North America each year? Furthermore, of this number, over 300,000 are disabling personal injuries and over 20,000 are tragic fatalities. These are alarming statistics. What is so hard to understand is that most slip and fall accidents are avoidable. If people took more precautions, there would be fewer accidents and in turn fewer injuries.
Did you also know that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants, and public buildings, since in the majority occur on flat and level surfaces. In addition, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after car accidents. Slip and fall accidents account for over 20,000 deaths per year in North America. Sixth six per cent of personal injury cases for people 65 years or older were a result of a slip and fall and over seventy five per cent of slip and fall deaths occur to people 65 years of age or older.
Accidents can happen any where and anytime. When a client meets with any of our personal injury lawyers to discuss their case, first and foremost we make sure that they are ok and that they are receiving the medical attention they need. Once that has been established , it’s important that we help our clients gather evidence that may be needed should they decide to persue a personal injury claim. For example, often times a police report, photos and witness names are often immediate pieces of evidence that can be gathered. Then a plan is put in place in order to maximize compensation for our clients personal injuries.
A slip and fall accident can be life-altering and must be handled properly. Please watch where you step !