Did you know that nearly nine million people end up in emergency rooms every year due to falling? Add in the millions more who don’t seek emergency attention and those whose injuries involve slips and trips and you’ve got a problem much bigger than most people would realize. Here’s a quick look at the facts – and some tips on prevention – for slip, trip and fall injuries.
According to a National Safety Council (NSC) report entitled Slips, Trips & Falls, 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. While falls can occur anywhere and everywhere, the most common locations include:
While anyone can experience a fall, the simple fact is that the elderly are more prone to falls that result in severe injuries such as hip fractures and head traumas, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and spinal cord injuries, broken bones and more. In fact, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury-related death among those age 65 and older and account for approximately four times the number of other deaths for those in other age groups.
Here are recommended tips to prevent conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents:
Ladders are a particular safety concern, according to the NSC, and it’s important to use them wisely. It provides numerous ladder safety tips in its report, but some key points include always keeping at least three points of contact with the ladder (two feet and one hand, etc.), placing the base of the ladder on a firm, solid surface and avoiding leaning or over reaching instead of moving the ladder closer to where it should be.
If you’ve experienced a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in the form of lost income, medical bills, rehabilitation, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress and more.