Falls are an overwhelmingly common cause of injury. According to the National Fall Safety Institute (NFSI), they account for 21.3% of hospital visits, making them the most common reason for hospitalization. Slips-and-falls account for about one-eighth of those falls. The most serious consequence of falls are fractures, occurring in 5% of falls. Hip fractures tend to be the most serious and lead to the most health problems and/or deaths.
The #1 cause of workers’ compensation claims are slips-and-falls, and there is no more common cause of occupational injury for those aged 55 and older. Falls represent the second leading cause of injury-related death for people aged between 65 and 84 years, and they are the leading cause of injury-related death for people over age 84.
40% of all nursing home admissions result from falls, and over 60 percent of nursing home residents fall each year.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 2 million fall injuries per year are attributable or partially attributable to floors and floor material.
Falls Resulting From Negligence
Owners of premises have a duty to exercise care in keeping the premises reasonably safe. This duty includes a duty to ensure that floor conditions are not likely to result in slips-and falls, trips, or other forms of accidents. Where 1) a condition on property creates an unreasonable risk of harm, 2) the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe condition on the property, and 3) the owner either failed to repair, protect against harm from, or give adequate warning of the condition, that property owner will be held liable for damages involving the unsafe condition.
Such unsafe conditions can include floors situated in ways likely to cause slips-and-falls or other injury. If you or someone you know has tripped or slipped on premises kept in an unreasonably unsafe condition, please contact our office.