Using California Slip and Fall Statistics to Secure a Fair Settlement
Data collected on slip and fall accidents have the ability to show the patterns in which these occurrences take place. Our attorneys use these statistics to determine the severity of legal action to take for your particular case. The use of California slip and fall statistics in a San Diego courtroom can have a significant impact on the compensation you are awarded. We will help ensure you receive a fair and just settlement based on the available statistics.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are often the result of a negligent property owner or negligence in the workplace. In the United States, over one million people per year go to the emergency room for injuries suffered from a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents are also the top workers’ compensation claim. A slip and fall can happen almost anywhere. These types of accidents are most common in places like supermarkets, restaurants, and bars, where product spills and leaks occur frequently. They are also common in private homes, hotels and resorts, parking lots and garages, and on sidewalks, stairs, and escalators.
We will help ensure you receive a fair and just settlement based on the available statistics.
It is estimated that 20 - 30% of people in slip and fall accidents will experience moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, fractured hip, or head injury.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), the leading cause of slip and fall accidents is associated with the condition of the flooring. This may include warped floorboards or unsecured carpeting as well as wet surfaces caused by leaks or spills. Other causes may include hazards such as a failure to remove snow or ice from walkways, and inadequate training in workplaces. Materials or debris left in walkways, protruding nails or boards, and depressions or holes underfoot are also hazardous.
What Damages Can a Slip and Fall Accident Cause?
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, especially in victims who are elderly. While sprained or broken bones are possible, more severe injuries such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries are also possible. Regardless of the severity of the injury, it can leave you with expensive medical bills and lost wages while you were at home recovering. Nearly one quarter of slip and fall accidents result in 30 days or more away from work. Severe injuries can render a person unable to continue working, and may require more extensive treatments and therapy.
In worst cases, slip and fall accidents can result in death. In those over the age of 65, falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death. They are the leading cause of injury-related death in those over 85. In the event that a fall does result in wrongful death, we can help you seek damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, emotional pain and physical suffering, lost income, and more.
The Importance of Statistics in the Courtroom
Simply put, statistics can make or break a case. Our attorneys make use of statistics to show the commonality of such accidents under similar circumstances. Statistics are also useful in showing that your particular injuries, treatment, and medical expenses incurred are “normal” or average. We can also use these statistics to show your case exceeded what is considered “average”, thus requiring greater compensation.
We will use these statistics throughout the process in order to secure the fair and just settlement you deserve. Our experienced team stays on top of these statistics to ensure we always have the most up-to-date information to use in our cases.
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Slip and fall statistics show that these injuries are devastating, and all too common. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident, contact our law office to schedule your free consultation.