Whether you fall down on a slick surface while shopping in a building or walking on the sidewalk, it is important to review your rights if the accident occurred due to another party’s carelessness or negligence. Every year, many people suffer serious injuries and even lose their lives due to slip-and-fall accidents.
There are many hazards that can cause someone to fall, from icy and slick surfaces to clutter, uneven steps and broken walkways. If you are struggling with the consequences of falling down, focus on your recovery and look into resources that could help you move forward.
How many people suffer injuries after falling down?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, more than 800,000 people require hospitalization due to fall-related injuries, many of which involve a fractured hip or head injury. Moreover, falls account for more traumatic brain injuries than any other risk factor.
Older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to falls and every year, more than 3 million people 65 and older need emergency treatment after falling down. In fact, over 25% of older adults fall down on an annual basis.
How do fall injuries affect victims?
If you fall down, you could struggle with various challenges. For example, you could have to take time off of work to recover from your injuries or you could lose the ability to work indefinitely. Physical pain, medical costs and emotional hardships also affect many fall victims. If you fell down because of a negligent business owner or a careless property owner, take a look at the options you have.