SLIP & FALL
A slip and fall accident can happen on any commercial property. These accidents are often preventable, and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and warn visitors of dangerous conditions.
Many times, a slip and fall happens inside or directly outside a business. A slip and fall injury claim is based on a legal doctrine known as premises liability which allows an injured person to hold the property owner accountable for a failure to maintain a safe premises.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 3 million people aged 65 or older nationwide are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year. Over 800,000 people a year are hospitalized throughout the United States because of an injury from a slip or trip and fall, and the most common of these injuries are a head injury or hip fracture.
In addition, the risk of a slip and fall injury is not limited to certain age groups. In fact, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a division of the CDC, recently released data that shows unintentional falls are the top cause of nonfatal injury in all age groups except 10-24. For ages 10-24, unintentional fall is the second leading cause of nonfatal injury.