For those who work outside of emergency care facilities, statistics about falls can be quite eye-opening.
National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts 2011 states that falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency room annually. They are the second‑leading cause of accidental deaths in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009, according to the NSC. They are also the third largest cause of workplace injuries, as reported by the BLS.
Not only are those numbers alarming, but so is the price associated with your injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the average cost of a slip and fall injury is $28,000.00. This amount includes medical bills, physical therapy, and missed wages.
Not every fall is someone else’s fault, but many can be easily prevented. Snow and ice can be easily treated, spills cleared, and cracks filled to keep injury from happening.
At The Morrissey Law Firm, P.C., we have handled fall cases with injuries ranging from sprains and strains, fractured bones requiring surgery, and even death.
If you or a family member has been hurt due to a fall, please contact us so a personal injury attorney can begin evaluating your case. Let us put our over 16 years of experience to work for you.