Slip and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of accidental deaths.
Over 12,000 Americans die each year in slip and fall accidents, a number second only to those who are killed in automobile accidents. Hundreds of thousands of people receive both major and minor injuries from slips and falls. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have legal recourse against the owner of the property where you fell.
Slip and fall accidents differ significantly from other types of accident cases in an important respect: The negligent or dangerous conditions that caused a slip and fall injury are usually easily and quickly cleaned up or lost. This loss of the physical evidence makes slip and fall cases more difficult to prove than other types of cases.
Falls, whether caused by a slip, loss of balance, or poor vision, are the leading cause of injury, disability, placement in nursing homes, and premature death in elderly Americans. According to the National Safety Council, 27.7% of slips and falls occur either while a person is on the job or while working in the house/yard.