If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Statistics show that some falls can cause serious injuries and cost people thousands in medical bill and more. When this happens, your priority should be to seek medical attention right away. Although every case is different, you should always seek a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to determine whether you have a case.
Falls are preventable, it is important that you are aware of your surroundings whether it is at work or on your regular day to day activities. In general, slips and trips occur when there is a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an object in the way. There are many situations that can cause a slip and fall. According to the U.S. Department of labor, slips trips and falls make up the most of accidents in general. So, what can you do to prevent it?
- Reduce wet or slippery surfaces
- Keep proper housekeeping
- Avoid creating obstacles and keep passageways clear
- Keep proper lighting
In addition to prevention’s there’s other major contributors to slips, trips and falls. They include distractions, walking too quickly or not looking where you are walking. If you aware of your surroundings, you may be able to avoid a slip, trip or fall.
We tend to think we are always safe on flat ground, but thousands of injuries each year tell us otherwise. Below are some statistics that are sure to blow your mind.
- Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
- Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
- Slips, trips, and falls made up 17 percent of all work-related fatal injuries in 2014.
- Falls, slips, and trips increased 10 percent to 793 in 2014 from 724 in 2013.
Why You Should Consult with a Lawyer
Compensation for a slip and fall claim will vary based on your injuries and who was at fault. You are also limited by the time you can file a claim. In Virginia you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Personal injury lawyers have a lot of experience dealing with insurance companies and business owners and will work hard to protect your interests. If you speak to an attorney before giving any statements to other parties, you protect yourself from being taken advantage of. Your actions right after a fall can have a huge impact on any future legal action you decide to take.