Many St. Louis, Missouri, residents experience a slip-and-fall accident each year, especially those 65 or older. Fortunately, injuries from a fall are minor, resulting in a few scrapes or bruises. However, some slip-and-fall accidents leave victims severely injured.
Recent slip-and-fall injury statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls leads to severe injuries such as head trauma or broken bones. Other slipping and falling injury facts from the CDC include:
- Each year, more than 800,000 people experience hospitalization due to fall injuries.
- Most of these hospitalizations occur because of hip fractures and head injuries.
- Falling is the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in victims.
- Over 95% of hip fractures in the nation occur from falling, usually from falling sideways.
- Each year about 300,000 older citizens enter the hospital for hip fractures.
To further highlight the risks associated with slip-and-fall accidents, WebMD published the results of a study indicating that more older people than ever die in these accidents.
Who is liable for slip-and-fall injuries?
In most cases, the property owner is responsible for slip-and-fall injuries suffered on his or her premises. However, you must prove the property owner’s liability for your harm before you can win compensation in a legal claim. To prove liability, you must show that:
- The owner created dangerous conditions on his or her property.
- The owner knew of the danger but failed to correct or repair the issue.
- The dangerous condition existed for so long that the owner should have recognized it and corrected it before the injury occurred.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, consider seeking compensation in a premises liability claim. The financial award you win could make a big difference in your health and wellbeing in the aftermath of your injuries.