Slip and Fall Accidents are arguably the second most common for of personal injuries a person can suffer in their lifetime. In fact, throughout the U.S., according to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over eight million hospital ER visits, which currently represents the leading cause of all ER visits. More specifically, slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
In Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury death among residents ages 65 years and older and the fourth leading cause of injury death overall. Further, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal, injury-related hospital admissions in Florida, with the highest numbers occurring in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. These falls can happen anywhere! Whether at the Publix Grocery Store in downtown Fort Lauderdale, or the American Airlines Arena in Miami, there is no set place for an injury to occur. Some of the most common places we encounter involve Slip and Falls in the Home, Workplace, Restaurants, Grocery Stores, or Public Streets.
When people think of Slip and Falls, the first image that comes to mind is one of the two first images above. The “wet floor” sign to the person’s side and water on the floor having caused someone to fall and injure themselves. Now a lot of times, businesses or overseers fail to timely place this “wet floor” sign and people suffer as a result of their negligence. There are other common causes of Slip and Falls such as: failing to maintain a walkway; failing to provide a legal, appropriate railing; cracked tiles creating uneven surfaces; negligently installing flooring that has a high propensity to cause people to slip; and, cracked and/or uneven sidewalks are regularly not maintained and cause accidents and injuries every single day.
After any type of fall, be sure to make sure everyone is alright and safe. Remember to always contact the police and/or law enforcement as they are there to help and will assist in helping bring your case to a clear resolution later; additionally, if your fall occurs in a business or public venue, make an incident report and ask for a copy for your records. We have given you a lot of information here, and we are sure all of this may seem overwhelming when in the midst of it all, which is why you reach out to us here at Demesmin and Dover after any Slip and Fall for a free case evaluation, and we can help you and your loved ones navigate it all, while alleviating all the stress because We Care More.
What Happens When Someone Typically Falls?
1. Their head hits the floor or another surface. This is a very dangerous situation because this type of head injury can cause fractures, concussions, memory issues, blackouts, and, in severe cases, traumatic brain injuries. Any time you injure yourself and your head get hurt in any way, be sure to get yourself to a safe place and contact a knowledgeable attorney to assist you in dealing with such a dangerous issue.
2. They try to catch themselves and injure themselves further. When you begin to fall, it is natural for a person to try to catch themselves to avoid any further injury or pain, but this can cause even further damage. When someone tries to catch themselves, the unexpected fall can create a strong pressure downward that will damage their arm and/or shoulder when they post their arm out to catch themselves. Be sure to make sure you are cognizant of all surrounding to attempt to avoid this type of personal injury.
3. They fall backward and land on their back. A fall may cause a person to suffer injuries to his spinal cord, resulting in bulging or herniated discs. In severe cases, spinal cord injuries can also lead to permanent paralysis and other neurological conditions and sensory impairments, especially if left untreated. Back pain is also very difficult as it may take days or even weeks to present itself, so be sure to speak with both your attorney and physician after any Slip and Fall.
4. They fall and bang their elbow or knee on the ground or another object. Blunt force trauma and ensuing fractures and/or tissue damage is inevitable at times when a person suffers a fall as a result of someone else’s negligence. Be sure to take care of yourself and never neglect your health after a fall because the damage may not present itself immediately and quick, appropriate medical care can help to deter further damage.
Nearly everyone has been behind the wheel at some point in their life and many people drive daily. In fact, Americans collectively spend 70 BILLION HOURS behind the wheel!!! This statistic is astounding, and the driving population in the United States is estimated around 230 million. With so many people on the road; especially, here in Florida, it is not shocking that car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and, in severe cases, death.
Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.
Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads, on average over 1,000 a day.
Road crashes cost USD $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP.
Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year due to the negligence of other drivers.
Sadly, over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year due to the gross negligence of other cars on the road.
Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20; the lack of experience and knowledge of young drivers regularly leads to more negligent injuries than any other age group.
Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
Now, we here in South Florida, including those of us in Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, all love our sunny beaches, wonderful weather, and great atmosphere, but so does everyone else, which results in a huge population, with both local and tourist alike that flooding our roads with passenger cars. The question then becomes, “what can you do to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers when on these packed South Florida roads?” Many auto-accidents and the resulting injuries are predictable and preventable! When driving on the road in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or any road for that matter, make sure to take note of the following tools to help you stay safe.
Raising awareness of, legislating and enforcing laws governing speed limits, alcohol impairment, seat-belt use, child restraints and safety helmets.
Formulating and implementing transport and land-use policies that promote safer and more efficient trips; encouraging the use of safer modes of travel, such as public transport; and incorporating injury prevention measures into traffic management and road design.
Making vehicles more protective and visible for occupants, pedestrians and cyclists; using daytime running lights, high-mounted brake lights and reflective materials on cycles, carts, rickshaws and other non-motorized forms of transport.
What to do if you've been in a car accident:
Sometimes, collisions, auto accidents, and the resulting injuries and damages are unavoidable. The average person will experience an auto collision once every 18 years roughly. So, when an accident does happen, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney that both cares about you and your family and will provide zealous representation to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries as a result of this auto accident.
What do you need to do to recover money after a car accident in Florida?
There are three things that are necessary when seeking monetary recovery after an auto accident:
1. There needs to be damages and or injuries (commonly including neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, leg pain, whiplash, broken bones, internal damage, pain and suffering, and again, in severe cases, traumatic brain injuries or even wrongful death).
2. The other party needs to be at fault, or at least, more at fault than yourself.
3. There needs to be coverage (Please feel free to read our other post providing detailed information on insurance coverage in Florida, including Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County).
Right after an auto accident, be sure to leave your car and make sure everyone is alright and safe. Remember to always contact the police and/or law enforcement as they are there to help and will assist in helping bring your case to a clear resolution later.
Contact Demesmin and Dover to help recover your damages!
We have given you a lot of information here, and we are sure all of this may seem overwhelming when in the midst of it all, which is why you should reach out to us here at Demesmin and Dover after an auto accident for a free case evaluation, and we can help you and your loved ones navigate through it, while alleviating the stress because We Care More.