Have you recently been involved in a slip and fall accident? If so, you are not alone. Read these alarming statistics to learn more about your situation.
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries across the United States; they are also second for Workers Compensation and Liability Claims. However, in hotels, homes, restaurants and public buildings, slip and falls are the number one cause of accidents. Of these accidents 70 percent occur on level and flat surfaces.
On a daily basis slip and fall accidents average around 25,000 incidents. Of those that occur at home, most of them happen in the bathroom. All of these accidents account for 95,000,000 days lost from work.
For adults over the age of 65, slip and falls are the cause of ⅔ of all accidents in this age range. Even more disturbing is that every 35 minutes an adult dies as a result of slip and falls.
Slipping on Ice, do I have a case?
During the winter, there are a lot of ice accidents out there. I get folks calling asking about whether or not they have a case. A lot depends on the facts. If the fall was at a business and the business had plenty of time to do something about the public area, you might have a case.
However, if there are facts to suggest you knew about the ice or should have known about it and did nothing to prevent yourself from getting hurt, you might be found negligent yourself and will not be able to recover any compensation. Much like every claim, everything is fact specific. If you would like to run your claim by us, give me a call, I would be glad to offer a free phone consultation.