Piazza, Simmons, & Grant
Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip-and-fall accidents present major hazards in the workplace and in daily life. For instance:
- Falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits at more than eight million per year, representing 21.3 percent of all emergency room visits.
- Slip-and-fall accidents result in more than one million emergency room visits, or 12 percent of total falls.
- Falls cause fractures 5 percent of the time.
- Slip-and-fall accidents are not a leading cause of fatal workplace injuries, but are the top cause of lost days from work.
- Slip-and-fall accidents are the primary cause of workers’ compensation claims.
- Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by falls. Most fall injuries in the home happen at ground level, not from an elevation.
Major causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Wet or uneven surfaces – 55 percent of all slip and fall accidents are caused by hazardous walking surfaces, which can include cluttered floors, loose floorboards, damaged or defective sidewalks, parking lot potholes, poorly constructed staircases, torn carpeting, and wet or recently waxed floors.
- Weather – Rain, ice, and snow can cause many outdoor slip and fall injuries. Property owners and local governments have a responsibility to plow streets, shovel sidewalks, and salt steps and walkways on property they control. Failure to do so could result in slip and fall injuries, and the party controlling the property could be held legally responsible.
- Improper training – In workplace accidents, if employers fail to properly train their employees, they may be at fault when somebody slips and falls.
- Nursing home neglect – Many elderly people are at an increased risk of falling. If they do, they are far more likely to suffer serious injuries such as broken hips. Nursing home staff must take particular care to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
Falls Are Common in the Workplace
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. They account for 15 percent of accidental deaths, making them the second leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. There are more than 12,000 workplace slip-and-fall accidents each year, making them one of the most frequently reported types of injuries, accounting for about 25 percent of workplace accident claims per year. More than 17 percent of all disabling workplace injuries result from falls. If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident at work or on a business’s premises, you might want to consult an attorney to explore your options.
Discuss Your Rights With a Stamford Slip and Fall Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Charleston, you should explore your compensation options. If you believe that property owner negligence might have contributed to your accident, you should take advantage of a free case evaluation to determine your rights to compensation for your medical bills and other losses. The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant can assist you, so please call our office at (203) 348-2465 or reach out through our online contact form today.