Slip and falls have become something of a joke in the public eye. In movies and TV, characters dance around yellow wet floor signs and wear oversized casts and braces when they fall. Sadly, these shows ignore the uncomfortable truth that slip and falls are much more serious than most people realize.
Chances of a Slip and Fall
According to the CDC, almost 30,000 Americans die from falls each year and another 800,000 are hospitalized from these injuries. Millions more suffer falls that go unreported or don’t warrant an immediate trip to the emergency room.
Seniors are at an especially high risk of a fatal slip and fall. Falls are the #1 cause of injuries for Americans 65 and older and the #1 cause of injury-related death. That said, falls can be dangerous to anyone. Slip and falls are often associated with serious brain injuries or even trauma-induced unconsciousness.
Injuries from Slip and Falls
Brain damage is one of the more severe injuries from a slip and fall, but not the only one. A fall is often painful and can be especially harmful to the victim’s joints. Typically a slip and fall might impact a victim’s elbows, knees, ankles, or hip.
Any of these injuries can make movement very uncomfortable and may even require expensive corrective surgery. That’s why it’s critically important that victims of these slip and falls take their injuries seriously and hold property owners accountable for falls caused by negligent building management.
Slip and falls are not so-called “frivolous lawsuits.” They are justice for those seriously injured in preventable accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are hospitalized or even killed each year when property owners fail to provide a safe space for their customers and guests.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries due to a slip and fall, we are here for you. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Newport Beach accident attorney from Manning Law, APC to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (800) 783-5006.