A trip and fall incident is defined as a situation where an individual stumbles for whatever reason and falls to the ground at the same level. These types of injuries are occurring with increased frequency across the country. Unfortunately, there are no cumulative statistical figures stating how many injuries result in legal action. This is partially because of a lack of reporting and partially because many claims are settled at a point before or during legal action in the courts. Looking at statistics from other countries indicates that the number could be as low as 5 percent of all reported trips and falls or as high as 20 percent of the same figure. If you have been injured in a workplace, you should get legal advice from a qualified accident lawyers.
Trip And Fall Injuries
Medical claims have shown that nearly 57 percent of all injuries are the result of a trip and fall. This leads to more than 1.3 million days in the hospital when all patients are combined. This accounts for more than 68 percent of the annual occupancy of hospitals each year. More than 60,000 individuals are injured while on the job although trip and fall injuries outside of the workplace are much more common. An increasing number of people are reporting trips and falls. This has resulted in an increase in lawsuits seen at local levels.
Trip and fall injuries are very costly for businesses. The expense of temporarily incapacitated workers, renovations to repair problems and insurance payments are estimated to cost over $1.8 billion each year. Trips and falls account for nearly 20 percent of all time-loss injuries in the workplace. Private businesses have also been paying because of trip and fall legal actions. The cost of private liability insurance has increased by almost 30 percent over the last 10 years. This has made prevention a major focus of businesses around the country.
Many of the trips and falls that occur every year are because of a few common causes. The most common is failure to maintain a clear, clean and unobstructed walkway. Individuals most frequently trip over small pieces of debris or trash that have been left on the floor in an inconvenient place. The second most common reason for a trip and fall is wet or slippery ground. This applies to injuries that happen outdoors as well when sidewalks and walkways are not maintained properly by a business. Improper lighting is the third leading cause of trips and falls because individuals are unable to see equipment or other obstacles.
Although there are not statistics about how many trip and fall claims directly convert into legal cases that go to verdict, there is insurance data showing that the average settlement for victims of trips and falls has been increasing over the last few decades. The average amount of money paid to an injured individual has increased by roughly 30 percent. This amount is highest for chronic injuries resulting in permanent damage to the brain or head. These amounts do not include statistics from cases that are withdrawn and then settled privately outside of a court.
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