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Taking A Closer Look At Slip And Fall Accidents

When people think of personal injury law cases, a lot of different things could pop into their minds. Everything from injuries sustained in an auto accident to injuries at work while lifting something could translate to personal injury cases, but one of the most common issues is certainly that of slip and fall accidents. And while numerous companies today take great steps towards preventing these injuries, they’re actually on the rise.

Yes, things like warning signs, handrails, and even informative safety videos can all help reduce the chance of on the job injuries, but recent studies have shown that slip and fall accidents are increasing steadily and that more people than ever are filing claims for slip and fall accidents.

With that in mind, we think it’s worth taking a few moments and looking at the basics of slip and fall accidents – how they impact your life, what to do about them, the financial costs of them, and why they’re on the rise.

Why They’re Increasing

First, it’s worth looking at why the rate of slip and fall accidents is climbing. For the most part, it can actually be traced back to the steadily improving economy. While numerous slip and fall injuries take place in the home, the majority of them occur on the workplace, and many more occur while people are out and about.

As the number of jobs increases – unemployment rates are below 6% right now and falling – that means more workers, and with more workers comes a higher change of injuries. Add to that the increasing number of Americans who are heading out and enjoying their day, potentially exposing themselves to slip and fall risks, and it becomes clear that this increasing accident rate is a direct side effect of our improving economy.

The High Cost Of Falls

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious financial consequences. In fact, the overall cost of each incident has increased by 40% over the last 20 years – for victims as well as for employers and insurance companies. Recent numbers point towards the overall cost being about 15 billion dollars annually – a huge number by any standard.

While employers have plenty of costs they’ll have to meet, just taking a look at the cost to an injured party is worth doing as well. Here’s some of the ways that a slip and fall can impact your bank account:

• Medical bills that reach high levels
• Lost wages due to time away from work
• And more

What Needs To Be Done

Prevention is the first step, and today most companies take a very proactive approach towards preventing slip and fall accidents. However, if you do find that you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to seek out a skilled slip and fall injury lawyer.

A good attorney will be able to review your case and help you understand what your options are. Then, if you have legal grounds to seek restitution, they can represent you and work towards getting you what is yours. It’s important to trust in a professional since the process of receiving compensation can be long and difficult. Instead of trying to navigate the complex legal system yourself, you can focus on recovery while your legal team works to get you financial restitution.

If you’re ready to get that help, we’re here for you. Contact us today to get a free initial consultation and learn more about your case.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Taking A Closer Look At Slip And Fall Accidents

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