Accidents happen every single day, and literally can happen to anyone. While the nature of an accident is its unpredictability, making it possible for one to occur at any time in many different ways, injuries due to slips and falls can cause a whole host of both medical and financial issues, leaving you with a heavy burden should the worst occur.
While a simple slip or fall may seem trivial at first glance, it can actually be a much larger problem than most would think. Although the elderly are certainly at a much more increased risk of major injuries in these cases, accidents are not only isolated to that demographic. The following slip and fall statistics can provide insight into how big the issue truly is:
- Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in the home;
- Slip and falls caused over 25,000 deaths in 2009;
- Falls are the most common form of traumatic brain injury amongst adults;
- The direct medical costs of injuries due to falls in 2010 was over $30 billion; and
- One in every three elderly adults sustain a substantial fall each year, yet less than half consult medical professionals.
These statistics can be alarming, but that does not mean there is nothing that can be done to prevent falling victim to a slip and fall injury. The following is a list of the most common places slip and fall injuries happen:
- Uneven surfaces
- Unguarded heights
- Ladders and stairs
- Unstable work areas
The injuries that can be sustained due to a fall can be very severe. In fact, over 95 percent of broken hips are a result of these cases, and 20 to 30 percent of falls result in moderate to severe injuries (including fractures, lacerations, or head injuries). Considering that bankruptcy as a result of medical debt is one of the leading causes of financial hardship in America, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to receive the compensation you need.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a slip and fall injury in Connecticut, The Woolf Law Firm, LLC has the experience and professionalism to handle your premises liability case. Contact us today for an Connecticut personal injury attorney you can trust.