Slip and Fall Accidents: Often Deadly
Who hasn’t encountered a slip and fall accident at some point in their life? However, some slips and falls can lead to serious injuries, such as sprains, strains, back injuries, head injuries, contusions, fractures, paralysis, and even death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one million Americans have a slip and fall injury every year, and that a shocking 17,000 people actually die every year because of these incidents.
Slip and fall injuries also constitute 15% of all job related injuries, and they are the second largest cause for lost-work days owing to injury.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health estimates slips and falls occur because of:
- Slippery surfaces, owing to spills on walking surfaces
- Rain, ice, snow, which cause outdoor hazards, especially in parking areas
- Lose mats or rugs
- Boxes and heavy goods obstructing vision
- Poor lighting affecting visibility.
- Contaminants on the floor
- Protruding nails and boards, clutter, or other objects in walking areas, not easily visible to the eye
- Changes in floor height or walking surface irregularities
Employers have an obligation to ensure reasonable safety in the workplace, and an employee slipping and falling due to the above or related reasons, and suffering from injury in the process, is entitled to workers’ compensation. If the employee is not satisfied with the workers’ compensation, there are often strong grounds for suing the employer for damages, invoking premises liability. Premises liability is just not restricted to employers or employees but is also applicable to any other situation or environment where a person was put in danger and had a slip and fall accident.
Wagner Reese has a team of experienced work comp lawyers who will establish that the employer’s negligence resulted in the slip and fall injury. Our injury attorneys can also be consulted for injuries that occurred outside of the workplace. Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free case evaluation with our Indiana personal injury lawyers.