St. Louis sidewalk accidents a common cause of fall injuries

St. Louis sidewalk accidents a common cause of fall injuries

No one was injured when part of a building collapsed onto a sidewalk over the weekend, News Channel 4 reported.

The St. Louis sidewalk accident occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday at Michigan and Itaska in south St. Louis when part of a building’s facade crashed onto the sidewalk. Some children were playing nearby but were not hurt. A man who lives in the building said he had been trying to get the facade torn down.

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Property owners have an obligation to provide safe and secure passage for customers, guests and passing pedestrians. Sidewalk accidents involving falling debris are more common around construction sites, or in places where scaffolding has been erected for painting, building maintenance or other improvements.

St. Louis slip and fall accidents are a more common type of sidewalk accidents, which frequently occur when a property or business owner fails to properly maintain walkways or keep them free of ice, snow or other debris.

Falls are particularly dangerous for older adults; more than 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 will suffer a fall this year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury death among older Americans.

Each year, more than 15,000 seniors are killed in falls and nearly 2 million are treated for fall-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms.

The most common types of fall injuries include hip fractures and injuries to the spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. Fall injuries are the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injury, which accounts for almost half of all fall-related deaths in older adults.

If you have been injured in a fall accident, or on business property in the St. Louis area, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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