Slip & Fall Accidents in Tampa
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over one million Americans suffer slip and fall injuries in the United States and that these injuries make up 15% of all workplace injuries. These incidents are categorized into two separate categories: elevated falls and same-level falls. While same-level falls are more common and cause more injuries, the elevated falls are the most serious and cause more severe injuries. Approximately 20% to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall injury will suffer injuries that range from moderate to severe, and may include hip fractures, head injuries, broken bones and other complications.
Older Americans also suffer from slip and fall injuries, and the CDC estimates that almost 1,800 Americans die every year from falls in nursing homes across the nation. If this is the result of nursing home abuse, it may be cause for an injury claim.
Information on Slip and Fall Injuries
The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index from 2006 estimated that the annual direct cost of disabling occupational injuries due to slips, trips and falls exceeds $11 billion. This averages out to be a total of $22,800 for every accident, and the average workers' compensation claim is $19,000 for a slip and fall accident.
If you have sustained an injury on another person's property, including a slip and fall injury, it's important to take certain steps to safeguard your rights and your opportunity to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. Documenting information such as eyewitness statements can be helpful. Whether the slip and fall occurs at your place of employment, or at a place of business or on commercial, government or private property, you have the right to pursue compensation for damages. Your first step should be to obtain the services of a Tampa personal injury attorney from our firm.