Slip and fall accidents are the most common reason for premises liability cases, and the elderly are at the highest risk.
One in four older individuals takes a fall each year, according to the CDC.
Many slip and fall accidents are just that: accidents.
However, slip and falls can also be caused by the negligence of someone else. In these cases, it is possible to collect damages through filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most common causes of slip and falls, and how you or your family can collect from a personal injury claim.
Reasons for Higher Risk of Slip and Fall Injury
Statistics show that individuals over the age of 65 are at higher risk for serious injury from slip and fall accidents. This is primarily due to:
- Decreased muscle strength
- Balance or vision problems
- Loss of bone mass
- Lower flexibility
Additionally, these same factors can lead to serious injuries or even death in the event of a slip and fall accident.
Common Causes for Elderly Slip and Falls
The vast majority of elderly slip and fall accidents take place in homes or assisted living facilities due to unsafe hazards or conditions. These conditions include:
- Slippery floors (such as in a bathroom or hallway)
- Stairs without proper handrails
- High door thresholds
- Blocked or cracked sidewalks
- Abrupt changes in surface level
- Tripping hazards like rugs or electrical cords
- Malfunctioning walkers, canes or wheelchairs
Collecting Compensation for Premises Liability in Tampa
In most cases, slip and fall injuries are just accidents. However, sometimes another individual shares responsibility. In these cases, it’s possible to file a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation. Those who may be responsible include property owners, nursing staff or in-home caretakers.
If you do file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, a loss in quality of life or a loss of companionship depending on the situation. Your lawyer will be able to help you calculate your total damages.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a slip and fall, our Tampa premises liability attorneys are here to help. Contact us today for a free review of your case, and find out how we can help you receive the compensation you and your family deserve.