There is a tendency for people to try and minimize their injuries and damages after they slip, trip or fall. Some do this because they are embarrassed; others do it because they don’t think that such an accident should be very serious.
However, it is important to understand that all falling accidents have the potential to be severe and quite painful. In fact, they are the leading cause for hospital emergency room visits in the U.S., according to statistics.
Damages from slip-and-fall accidents
Numerous types of damages can result from a serious falling accident. These damages include:
- Missed work days and lost wages
- Serious physical injuries, including fractures and brain injuries
- Loss of mobility and independence
- Substantial medical costs
- Emotional distress resulting from life-altering injuries
Causes of slip-and-fall accidents
Any person is at risk of falling in unsafe areas or as a result of a dangerous condition. These conditions include:
- Slippery floors
- Substandard or inadequate flooring materials
- Inadequate protections when working on elevated surfaces
- Obstructed walkways
- Poor lighting
- Lack of stabilizing equipment, like handrails
Additional risk factors that contribute to falls
In addition to hazardous conditions and negligent property management, certain factors can put people at an increased risk of being seriously injured in a slip-and-fall. These factors include:
- Age: As people get older, their risk of injury from falling increases.
- Occupation: Certain occupations, like construction, put people at a higher risk of suffering a fatal fall.
- Health status: People with limited mobility and people who are on certain medications may be at a higher risk for falling.
After any type of falling accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention and discuss potential legal claims with an attorney. Even if a fall seems minor, your injuries could be worse than you first realize, and you should not have to pay the price for a serious accident resulting from another person’s negligence.