Q & A: Slip and Fall Accident
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over one million Americans suffer from slip and fall injuries each year, and at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith our Las Vegas, NV attorneys are on call to help those who have suffered from these accidents recover fully. Whether your personal injury happened at work, in one of our Clark County, Nevada casinos, restaurants, or retail outlets, or as a pedestrian who was simply enjoying an average day of running errands and entertainment, our Las Vegas slip and fall attorneys will provide unmatched legal representation that delivers results.
Slip and Fall FAQs
Q: Are slip and fall injuries common?
A: Unfortunately, yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- More than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year for a slip and fall injury
- Slip and fall injuries comprise nearly 20% of all job-related injuries; Accounting for 1 in 6 of all time-lost injuries
- Over 65% of all fall-related injuries happen from a same-level walking surface, not from heights
Q: Are the injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents substantial?
A: All slip and fall cases differ in severity, and the injuries that result can be catastrophic.
The CDC explains that:
- One in five slip and falls causes a severe injury, including broken bones or head injury
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths of 47% of all TBI-related injuries in the United States
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration adds that slip and falls comprise most of the general industry accidents, including:
- 15% of all accident deaths; only second behind motor vehicle deaths
- 25% of the claims reported at work each year; one of the most frequently reported injury causes
- 17% of all disabling occupational injuries
Q: What are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents?
A: The U.S. Department of Labor states that slip and fall accidents can happen at work, but they are not limited to employment locations, but can also occur in premises liability cases.
The most frequent causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Walkway elevation or level changes
- Walkways and work area clutter
- Falls from heights, including ladders or lifts
- Irregularities in walking surfaces
- Loose, unanchored rugs, mats or tiles
- Missing or uneven floor tiles & bricks
- Open cabinets and doors
- Poor lighting
- Carpets/mats with curled edges
- Slippery surfaces
- Sloped walking surfaces
- Poorly maintained thresholds
- Uncovered hoses, cables, wires or extension cords across walkways
- Unmarked steps or ramps
Whether you are at work and are involved in a construction accident, or are on foot and involved in a pedestrian accident when your slip and fall accident occurs, our attorneys can help lead your case to financial recovery.
Q: What types of injuries are associated with slip and fall accidents?
A: Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents often come as a surprise, allowing little time to brace for impact, or protect your body from injury.
OSHA records state that up to 30% of people who experience a slip and fall accident will endure minor to serious injuries, with the most common types listed as:
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Sprains and strains
- Bruises and contusions
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Knee, ankle or foot injuries
- Wrist, elbow or shoulder injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
- Hip injuries
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
Q: What are the overall costs of a slip and fall injury?
A: The CDC lists the direct medical costs for slip and fall injuries at $31 Billion each year, with hospital costs accounting for two-thirds of that total.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, the following costs could persist, requiring the partnership of a seasoned slip and fall attorney to pursue financial recovery.
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Out of pocket expenses, including prescriptions and medical devices
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Partial or full disability
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Reduced quality of life
Q: How can an attorney help me recover from my slip and fall injuries?
A: No matter where your accident occurred, or whether you are pursuing an employer for workers’ compensation, or taking on a public or private company or municipality, the journey is going to be filled with challenges. The insurance companies, attorneys, and representatives are not going to provide financial restitution without a fight.
Call our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith in Las Vegas, NV today at (702) 832-0513 to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers will take the lead in pursuing the individual, company, or city entity that caused your accident to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries without delay.