Surprising Facts About Slip and Fall Accidents in California
Many people have no idea how common or how serious slip and fall accidents are in California and throughout the country. In fact, there are many facts that often surprise people who did not know anything about these types of accidents. Keep reading to learn about other surprising facts and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you require a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
The Most Common Cause of a Visit to the Emergency Room is a Slip and Fall Accident
Believe it or not, the top cause of ER visits in the state is slip and fall accidents. They make up around 21% of ER admissions in an average year. While that number is different now because of COVID patients, in a typical year, you could expect one in four of every admission to be due to a slip and fall accident.
Men Are Much More Likely to Suffer a Slip and Fall Accident
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and their study on how many fatal slip and fall accidents occur at work for men versus women, they found that twice as many men died from slip and fall accidents versus women. Not only are slip and fall accidents the top cause of ER visits, they are also the top cause of workers’ compensation claims.
Many Seniors Die from Slip and Fall Accidents Every Year
The CDC reports that more than 15,000 people aged 65 and over die every year after falling. The most common injury from a fall for elderly people is a hip fracture. While they do not generally result in immediate death, a hip fracture lowers a person’s mobility and health, and can cause death.
Flooring is a Major Cause of Slip and Fall Cases
Of course, sometimes, a slip and fall accident is just what the name implies – an accident. However, it can also happen as a result of a property owner not maintaining their property in a safe way. One common example is floors or flooring, which lead to more than two million falls every year. This involves flooring that is old, damaged, or otherwise dangerous.
You Might Have Legal Recourse if You Fall on Someone Else’s Property
It is common for a person who has suffered an injury on someone else’s property, whether a business or an individual, to think that there is no legal recourse. The truth is that if the owner did know about the danger, or they should have, then they might be responsible for compensation you for your damages.
To find out what your options are, we invite you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation.