Whether you slip on a slick floor while shopping or fall down in the workplace, an accident could disrupt many facets of your life. You could face significant challenges due to missing work, medical expenses, physical pain, mental trauma and immobility. It is important to understand the prevalence of these accidents and to go over your options if you suffer an injury due to another’s negligence.
Unfortunately, data shows that falls continue to occur far too often.
The prevalence of falls
According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three million older adults receive treatment in emergency departments after falling down every year. In addition, more than 800,000 people require hospitalization due to fall-related accidents on an annual basis, and many of these incidents involve hip fractures or head injuries.
The impact of falls
The CDC states that 20% of falls lead to serious injuries (including head injuries and broken bones). In fact, falls account for more traumatic brain injuries than any other risk factor. In the wake of a fall, some people become less active, which can make them weaker and more likely to fall in the future. A fall could make it challenging for you to perform daily activities, live independently or enjoy certain aspects of life.
After falling down, it is crucial to determine whether another party’s carelessness contributed to the accident. If you suffered injuries after falling down because of a negligent business owner or property owner, you have the right to hold them answerable.