Slip and Fall Accidents Among Leading Cause of Injury in St. Louis

Slip and Fall Accidents Among Leading Cause of Injury in St. Louis

The National Safety Council uses the entire month of June to focus on a number of the leading preventable injuries, including slip, trips and falls.

Falls accidents in St. Louis and elsewhere are among the top causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. Adults ages 55-years-old and older are most likely to be the victim of one of these falls. These types of injuries result in neatly 9 million visits to the emergency room every year.

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Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys understand that injuries sustained from these types of falls can result in the inability to lead an active and independent life. Older residents are most likely to die from these accidents, 4 times more likely to be exact, than any other age group.

It is important that everyone take the proper precautions to avoid these falls, especially business and property owners. If a visitor slips and falls on someone’s public property, then they can be held liable for injury and other costs. Employers must do the same for employees. As a matter of fact, the National Safety Council reports that roughly 25,000 people are victims to slip and fall accidents every day. These injuries cost nearly $30 billion every year. The average cost for one slip injury is approximately $12,000.

More than 60 percent of all lost workdays are due to slip and fall accidents. This equals roughly 95 million lost workdays for employees every year, according to Liberty Mutual. Compensation and medical costs associated with employee slips and falls total an estimated $70 billion each year.

Residents must do their best to prevent falls in their homes as well, especially those ages 65 an older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults of this age group experiences a fall that leads to moderate to severe injuries every year. These injuries include hip fractures and head trauma. Death is even a risk of these falls. In fact, in 2007 alone there were more than 18,000 adult fatalities because of these unintentional fall injuries which, aside from death, are the most serious. Of this age group, more than 2 million were treated in emergency rooms in 2009 and another 581,000 were hospitalized.

There are ways to help prevent these falls in your home:

-Clean up slippery or wet surfaces immediately.

-Install handrails or grab bars.

-Improve the overall lighting in your house.

-Get your eyesight checked by your optometrist at least once a year to make sure you prescription lenses are up to date and your eyesight is up to its full potential.

-Exercise regularly and focus on exercises that improve leg strength and balance.

-Review your prescriptions and medicines with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that mixing them them will not lead to dizziness or drowsiness.

If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis premise liability dangers lurk amid large holiday crowds, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, December 7, 2010

Slip and fall accidents in St. Louis nursing home facilities often a sign of neglect, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, September 11, 2010

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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