Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide.
More than 600,000 people worldwide die from falls each year. Another 37 million people receive medical attention for a fall. Approximately three million older Americans are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year. In 2015, the total medical costs for falls related to the elderly totaled more than $50 billion. Even a fall from a standing position may result in serious injury or death.
Falls occur in a variety of settings:
Elevator and Escalator Falls
Negligent maintenance and unsafe design cause serious back, neck, and ankle injuries, and sometimes death or paralysis.
Slips and Falls
A variety of unsafe practices lead to slips and falls in places of business including:
- Negligent floor maintenance
- Spills and leaky display cases
- Products left in aisles
- Improper construction
- Steps designed at unsafe heights
- Improper use of mats or spill warning devices
Injury from Falling Merchandise
Poor hiring, training, or adherence to safety rules at a store may cause heavy merchandise to fall from heights and strike customers below. These incidents can cause concussions, neck, back, and shoulder injuries and even death.
If you fall and are injured at a place of business, make sure you or a family member file an incident report with the manager on duty and keep a copy for your records. Additionally, request in writing that the manager save all of the security camera footage the store captured on the day of your fall. This evidence may provide important information we can use to prove your case.
Businesses and insurance companies often hire investigators to interview people who are injured in falls. Don’t talk to them! If you try to negotiate with an investigator or insurance adjuster yourself, you will likely leave money on the table. Our team of experienced attorneys will handle the investigation into your fall and use the effective techniques we have implemented time and time again in an effort to obtain maximum compensation.
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Store Fall Resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): $5M Settlement
Supermarket Fall Resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: $2.79M Verdict
Grocery Store Fall Resulting in Back Surgery: $400K Settlement
Office Complex Fall Resulting in Ankle Surgery: $312K Settlement
Outdoor Mall Fall Resulting in Ankle Surgery: $225K Settlement
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