According to the National Council for Ageing, every 19 minutes an adult over 65 dies from a fall. (https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/) Additionally, “falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.” Around this time of year, it’s not just older adults that are at risk from falls. With severe weather conditions, many adults and children experience trauma from falls. Sidewalks and driveways that haven’t been shoveled and salted are dangerous prospects for anyone, as snow becomes compacted under the pressure of feet or tires. Invisible black ice is not easily spotted, and can catch people off guard so that they fall badly.
When it’s not wintertime, slip and falls can happen almost anywhere for a variety of reasons. Poor lighting, apartment buildings that aren’t up to code, poor choice of flooring and spills in stores, restaurants, malls and other venues with a lot of foot traffic and dangerous sidewalks. Unlike other obvious hazards, it is often difficult to foresee a hazard that will lead to a slip and fall. When you slip and fall you can suffer injuries that cause you to lose time from work, or that cause permanent damage which prevents you from doing your job or restricts your mobility.
How We Can Help
Slip and falls are a cause of injury, lost work time and death for a significant proportion of people. Slip and fall accidents can strike in such a wide variety of ways that it can be difficult to figure out how to recover damages that can compensate you for injury, lost work time or distress. Often someone does have a duty to maintain a surface or a safe environment, but you will need help proving this duty, which depends on the specific circumstances of the case and the law. At Valanzola Law Group, we can help you identify who is responsible for your injury and help you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t let a slip and fall incident reduce your quality of life or the quality of life of senior who is close to you. Get in touch to see how we can help.