Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of occupational injury for those aged 15 to 24 years of age, as well as the leading cause at 85% of workers’ compensation claims. With falls accounting for over 8 million, or over 21% of emergency room visits, slip and fall injuries account for over 1 million visits or 12% of total falls.
Slip and Fall Accidents Affect Public Safety
Injuries incurred from a slip or fall can occur anywhere to anyone. Many premises liability cases are filed when a customer is injured due to unsafe conditions, poor maintenance of the property, inadequate lighting, or hazards related to organization of product displays and storage. While a slippery floor, obstacles in the walkway may contribute to a slip and fall, products falling onto patrons may also cause a slip with serious consequences.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip with a fall can happen for a variety of reasons. Common causes may be a snowy or icy walkway in the parking lot, sidewalk or store entry, a raveled or frayed floor mat, poor lighting leading to poor ability to see floor hazards, wet or slippery floors, liquids or other substances spilled onto the floor where customers walk, store displays that fall over knocking a person down, and displays or items sticking out into the pathway.
Injuries Reported From a Slip and Fall
Typical injuries sustained included bone fractures, shoulder injuries, back injury, brain damage, head injuries, knee and or hip issues, dislocations, pain, permanent disability, or even death. The business has the legal responsibility to take reasonable care and repair of any unsafe condition as they become aware of it. Unsafe conditions need prompt action taken to correct or fix the problem.
Jury Awards in Slip and Fall Cases
In Georgia, a man was awarded a verdict of $400,000 in a slip and fall case against the supermarket store Kroger where he had slipped and fell sustaining shoulder injuries. In another case, a man attempting to reach merchandise on a high shelf in a grocery store slipped and fell when the shelving unit tipped over on him; he hit his head. The grocery store in this incident was charged with failing to hold to appropriate standards in shelving unit display as well as failing to secure the shelving unit securely.
Slip and Fall Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip or fall accident, call the office of Joel Baskin, your local slip and fall attorney, for a confidential review of your case.