Actionable slip and fall cases are brought against negligent business when they fail to use due care in maintaining their business property. The business may be liable if they had an opportunity to correct a dangerous hazard but failed to do so in a timely manner. The injuries suffered in these incidents can range from minor lacerations or cuts, sprains or strains, or even more serious knee or back injuries. In some instances people have even suffered a fatal injury due to a fall. Call us first if you need an experienced Jacksonville, Florida slip and fall injury lawyer to go after those responsible for your past and future medical bills. The following statistics show the magnitude of these types of injuries across the country.
In a 2006 study, the National Safety Council found that slip and fall accidents lead all other causes of emergency room visits. Many of these injuries occurred in restaurants, banks, and general retail stores. According to one study by the National Restaurant Association, fall down accidents have been the greatest driver of general liability claims within the restaurant industry. Other studies have shown that the majority of general liability claims reported by community banks involved these kinds of incidents. Shockingly, this study also reports that many of these individual injuries could have been eliminated if the bank or business owner had stronger loss prevention practices in place.
In 2006 the U.S. Department of Labor reported that falls accounted for nearly 20% of all occupational injuries for which statistics were kept. Occupational slips, trips, and falls in Florida alone accounted for 36,635 total days away from work in 2001. In a 2006 study by the National Safety Council, falls were the number one fatality cause resulting from an injury for persons aged 65 or older. Similarly, the mortality rate for fall down injury was six times higher for persons over 75 years of age versus the general population.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2003 the reported number of workers injured by falls exceeded 200,000 per year, a figure that accounts for almost 20% of disabling workplace injuries. In 2007, about 835 workers died from a workplace slip or fall.
What is puzzling to safety experts about slip and fall incidents is that they are generally easy to prevent yet are not given the attention to correct the potential problems in the first place.
Call us for a free consultation if you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident and need an experienced Jacksonville lawyer to help you with your case. To talk to an experienced Jacksonville slip and fall attorney and law firm about your rights, contact the firm at 904-356-8618 or online in the dialog box for a free consultation. Let us help you with your slip and fall case today!