According to the Occupational Health and Safety organization: “Slip, trip and fall accidents result in more than 8 million emergency room visits and more than 21,000 deaths each year…The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) estimates that the financial impact exceeds $80 billion per year.
…The grocery industry alone spends more than $450 million per year to defend slip, trip, and fall accidents. Most of these incidents are same-level accidents, where the pedestrian slips and falls on an even pathway. In 55 percent of these cases, the walkway is implicated as the cause.”
What are the main causes of Slip and Fall Accidents? (stats from the OH&S)
Walking surfaces (sidewalks-walkways, etc.) = 55%
Shoes/Footwear = 24%
Hazard warnings = 1%
Training = 0.8%
Fraud = 0.3%
Because so many slip and fall accidents are caused by walking surfaces, health and safety experts have proposed changes to the way sidewalks, walkways, and other walking surfaces are made. These changes include creating a greater amount of friction between the surface of the walkway and the bottom of a pedestrian’s shoe.
NYC sidewalks are a common cause of slip and fall accidents
Changes like these may actually help prevent injuries and reduce the occurrences of slip and fall accidents along New York City sidewalks and public walkways. Slip and fall accidents often leave people with bodily injuries that result in long-term pain and suffering as well as lost wages, disability, immediate and future medical treatments and expenses. Injured victims deserve to be compensated for their losses. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury due to the carelessness or negligence, contact the experienced Bronx accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel for a free consultation. There is never a fee unless they win your case.