Staying on Your Feet To help Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries
One of the biggest causes of serious injury and death is a slip and fall accident. According to the National Safety Council, almost 9 million slip and fall accidents resulted in emergency room visits in 2011. There were over 25,000 deaths in 2009 which occurred after accidental falls. As we grow older, we are more prone to these accidents and falling can put the brakes on our remaining active well into our older age.
Slip and fall accidents are also prevalent in places where we work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slipping and falling is the main workplace accident reported year after year in this country. As a result, OSHA works to improve workplace conditions that can contribute to slip and fall accidents.
The main injuries sustained from slip and fall accidents are bone fractures, and these occur in around 5% of cases. Also, these accidents result in missed work days for American workers in high numbers, and are the leading claim on workers’ compensation insurance.
Here are seven simple things you can do to help prevent slip and fall accidents, whether at work or home:
Make sure walkways are clear of obstacles
Place items that can be easily tripped over (cords, plugs, shoes, cleaning supplies – brooms, mops, etc.) outside of walking areas
Immediately clean up any substances (liquids, food, sticky materials, etc.) that fall onto walking areas
Only stand up on industry approved equipment, such as ladders and lifts—not makeshift items
Report any unsafe circumstances that may lead to someone slipping and falling
Do not attempt to work if under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Repair any unsafe flooring as soon as damage is spotted
Slip and fall accidents are often the butt of jokes on television shows, but these devastating accidents can be all too serious. Fractures, muscle strains, and death can come with large medical expenses for treatment and rehabilitation.
Regardless of how careful we are, slip and fall accidents will still happen. When they do, make sure you seek the counsel of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has extensive experience with slip and fall accident cases. I have over twenty years of experience in winning serious injury cases, and I want to make sure you don’t fall victim to the financial strain that a slip and fall accident can put on a household budget.
I also want to help you to focus on your recovery and not on how you will pay your medical bills. Please contact me today so we can work on your behalf and help get you back on your feet after a slip and fall accident.