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When we are invited on to the property of another person or business, we expect that they will take steps to protect us from dangers. At minimum, we expect a warning regarding something that could cause a burn, fall or other injury. Unfortunately, sometimes people fail to take these simple, reasonable steps and an injury occurs.
Unfortunately even the commonplace and seemingly trivial slip and fall can result in life altering consequences for the accident victim. In fact, the National Safety Council has released statistics indicating that fall injuries are one of the most prevalent source of injuries in the United States. Fall injuries result in close to 9 million emergency room visits yearly. Injuries due to falls aren’t just extremely costly, they can also be life-altering or fatal.
Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and fall accidents are so common because they can occur anywhere. Slip and fall accidents can occur in many locations in the home including on carpeting, stairways, or uneven flooring. Furthermore, they can occur due to loose or protruding electrical wires, children’s toys left on the floor, or because of poor lighting. Slip and falls can also occur outdoors on sidewalks, uneven walkways, or when ice and snow make travel hazardous. Slip and fall accidents can also occur at commercial locations such as in a large retail store. A spilled liquid may make the floor dangerously slippery or items that have fallen from shelves could present a hazard. In short, the locations of slip and falls are limited only by where people can go or pass through.
Parking Lot Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can also occur in large parking lots that are common at many big box retail stores. The hazards in a parking lot can be particularly varied and can include motorists, shopping carts, debris on the ground, loose or broken pavement, insufficient lighting, and many other hazards. In short, the owner of the retail store, who is often also the owner of the parking lot, must ensure that the reasonable care owed to business guests is extended to all the premises that are under the entity’s ownership or control.
Slip and Falls are Especially Dangerous for the Elderly
According to the CDC, slip and fall injuries to those aged 65 years or older cost the U.S. healthcare system nearly $30 billion in direct costs. In 2011, emergency rooms in the United States treated 2.4 million older adults for non-fatal fall injuries. Nearly 700,000 of these patients suffered injuries of sufficient severity to result in admission to the hospital. The issue is so pervasive that 33%, or 1 of every 3, older American adults falls each year. Up to one-third of those who fall suffer a life-altering injury that reduces their mobility and makes independent living more difficult. Unfortunately as you age, the risk of a fall injury only increases.
When deaths due to a fall are fatal in older adults, the reason for death is most often a traumatic brain injury or injury to lower extremities. TBIs and lower body injuries accounted for 78% of fall deaths among older adults. A separate study also found internal organ damage to be a significant cause of fatal injuries making up roughly 28% of deaths. When injuries are non-fatal, fractures are the most common making up approximately one-third of non-fatal injuries.
Contact a Bentonville, Arkansas Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you have suffered a severe burn, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law. We stand up for Arkansans who have suffered a catastrophic injury or wrongful death. To schedule your free and confidential consultation call 479-439-1843 or contact us online.
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