Slip and Fall Accidents – Was It Your Fault?
You might be blaming yourself after having been injured in a slip and fall accident. It’s usual, but the question is, was it really your fault? Try to remember not how you fell and got injured, but the factors which caused you to suffer the pain and humiliation.
You’re not alone. It has been recorded that more than one million people in the United States suffered from the said accident. Sad about the data is more than 16, 000 die every year because of the same reason.
Meanwhile, concerned authorities have categorized falls into elevated and same-level. The latter is most common that causes injuries to a lot of people, and the former, though has less record, is the more fatal one.
The common causes of slip and fall accidents are wet floors, broken pathways, poor lighting, blind steps, incomplete warnings, and weak establishment’s structure. And an accident often leads to serious injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, bone fractures, and worst of all is death.
The Council for National Safety had estimated more than 100,000 injuries of workers in the US every year, and this makes up at least fifteen per cent of work-related injuries. Furthermore, slip and fall also constitutes more than 19,000 deaths in the United States. Of the given figure, over 14,000 elder people die annually, and nearly two million are treated in hospitals because of such accidents. It’s really alarming and needs immediate concern.
Anybody may suffer a paralysis for a lifetime or even become a victim of an untimely death if safety measures should not be followed. It is the united effort of private individuals and public or private establishments that would make a solution for the said issue.
The following are some safety tips to avoid slip and fall accidents:
• You must wear appropriate footwear during work or exercise. The slip-resistant heels are advisable.
• Public Safety Authorities should conduct inspections to establishment which are prone to slip and fall. Seeing to it that pathways and other walking surfaces such as stairways could really lessen the possibility for accidents.
• Authorities should also conduct safety seminars or trainings to employees and students.
• And take proper medical action to injured slip and fall victims.
But most of all, the thing that you must not forget is your right to compensation. If you are, or later become, a victim of slip and fall due to the negligence of an establishment, you will need the help of a personal injury attorney to legally invoke the said right.
Don’t ever blame yourself until you’re certain that it was really your fault. And never forget that the Ledger & Associates can help you! Call us at 800-300-0001.