Leading Causes Of Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

 

 

 

 

 

A State Overview Of The Leading Causes Of Preventable Injury-Related Deaths By State 2019

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According to the NSC (National Safety Council) the top 3 causes of injury related deaths in 2019 by rank are as follows:
  1. Poisoning
  2. Falls
  3. Motor-Vehicle Crashes

In 2019 the U.S. experienced 173,040 preventable deaths and 48.3 million injuries resulting in $1,097.9 billion in costs. The preventable injury-related deaths have increased 99% over the last 27 years.

In the year 2019 about 1 in 7 people that were injured in an accident sought medical attention. The state of Indiana Crash Facts In 2019 reports that vehicle collision rates were nearly 3 times higher among young drivers than any other age group. You can source the Indiana Traffic Safety Facts publication to learn more about various aspects of traffic collisions, causes, events, conditions, demographics etc. that result in personal injuries and death.

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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

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Surprisingly enough, there are several studies that reports that both floors and flooring materials directly contribute to more than 2 million fall-related injuries every year. When it comes to slip-and-fall accidents in Indianapolis, there are several reasons that we’ve found that are common slip and falls causes. If you’ve been exposed to some common causes of slip-and-falls, you need to speak with an expert slip-and-fall accident attorney. Call our office at 317-251-1840.

Slip and Fall Injuries

A slip and fall injury is also commonly referred to as a trip and fall accident or injury. Such an injury would be classified under what is call as a premises liability claim. A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury claim or case that is based on a person slipping (or tripping) on the premises of another and, as a result, suffering an injury of some sort. At Karpe Litigation Group, we represent our clients that have premises liability claims that stem from the following areas of negligence.

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

Wet and Slippery Floors

Wet and slippery floors are due to water or other wet or slippery substances. The National Floor Safety Institute states that more than half of all slip-and-fall accidents are from improperly maintained walking surfaces. The types of surfaces that are particularly dangerous could be:

  • A recently mopped or waxed floor
  • Grease on the floor of a restaurant,
  • A sopping wet pool deck
  • A sandy ramp to the hotel
  • A rain-slicked entrance to a casino

Poor Lighting Causes Accidents

It’s very easy to have a slip-and-fall accident in a poorly lit area. We are all vulnerable to falls and all sorts of perils when we cannot see certain kinds of surfaces. A place that might not be dangerous in broad daylight could be extremely dangerous in the dark. The property owner has a duty to make sure that all walking areas are well lit at all times. Places such as pool areas, walkways and sidewalks, garages and stairwells are consistently seen as dangerous spaces where poor lighting issues occur.

Lack of or Defective Hand Rails Lead to Falls

In parking garages, shopping centers, apartment complexes and hotels, guests rely on handrails when climbing stairs. When there is either a lack of or a defective handrail, an individual can easily lose balance, or lose their grip and have a potentially dangerous if not fatal fall or accident.

NEGLIGENCE

Failure to Follow Proper Safety Practices

Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace, and unfortunately, they sometimes fail to do so. This failure can stem from either inadequate training or blatant improper maintenance of the worksite. When these acts of negligence leads to work injuries, employees may seek workers’ compensation. While they cannot sue their employers, third-party claims for further damages may be a possibility in some instances. We are also an Indiana workers compensation damages law firm as well.

We’ve Represented Numerous Clients in Common Slip and Fall Causes

At Karpe Litigation, we are a personal injury law firm that consistently and successfully represents our clients with slip-and-fall claims that come from common slip and fall causes. We are responsive, experienced and dedicated to represent our clients number one interests. It’s our duty to work to ensure your rights and best interests are protected at all times. Call our office at 317-251-1840 for help today.

The Truth About Slip and Fall Injury Cases

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Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims for people aged 55 years and older.

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Recently in Woodbridge, New Jersey, Alexander Goldinsky, a 57-year-old independent contractor, enters an otherwise empty break room in a building where he is working. He takes ice and spreads it all over the floor, then sprawls himself on the iced surface and waits … until someone discovers him on the floor. Later, he files an insurance claim to cover ambulance services and treatment he receives for injuries he says he sustained during the fall.

Luckily, video surveillance records Mr. Goldinsky faking his slip and fall, prompting local law enforcement officials to arrest him in January 2019 and charged with one count of insurance fraud in the third degree and one count of theft by deception in the third degree for fraudulently filing an insurance claim. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says in a statement, “Fraudulent claims cost everyone and we will aggressively prosecute those who illegally manipulate the system.”

Unfortunately, not all slip and fall cases are as cut-and-dry as Mr. Goldinsky’s case. The truth about slips and falls? They are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims as well as occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). Slips and falls are also the reason for the largest number of lost work days.

Factors That Constitute a Slip and Fall Injury Case

While Mr. Goldinsky clearly tries a scam to collect insurance money, many legitimate cases of slip and fall injury do occur. NFSI statistics show slips and falls account for over 1 million of the more than 8 million emergency room visits each year where falls are the cause.

A “slip and fall case” is a type of personal injury lawsuit where a person slips and falls on another person’s property. A wider definition of this is a “premises liability claim” where the owner of the property is liable for the injury due to the expectation that they maintain a reasonably safe environment.

Premises Liability in Indiana

Any personal injury sustained on someone else’s property constitutes a premises liability. Property owners are expected to protect against unreasonable harm. The extent of this liability depends on person who is injured:

  1. People who are invited guests, such as store patrons
  2. A trespasser who is not invited
  3. A licensee, who has permission to be there, but is there for their own reasons

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Examples of Premises Liability

According to the law, an individual may be injured on someone else’s property in a number of ways, constituting a premises liability. Some examples include:

  • Injuries on a construction site, particularly when the injured parties are not workers
  • Falling trees and the injuries they cause
  • Lack of security, including lights and cameras, that results in an assault from a third party
  • Drownings in pools
  • Injuries as a result of things falling from shelves
  • Slip and fall injuries caused by standing water, ice or snow
  • Slip and fall injuries caused by uneven ground or flooring and poor building upkeep
  • Injuries due to defective staircases or decks
  • Hidden extension cords or high door thresholds and the injuries they cause

The Legal Results of Slip and Fall Injury Cases

What would motivate Mr. Goldinsky to pull such a scam in that break room? Slip and fall injuries have the potential for huge compensation when such cases go to trial. A case in Honolulu awarded Ernie Verdugo $2 million in general damages and another $144,000 for special damages after Mr. Verdugo slips and falls in the Mai Tai bar. The exit path was blocked by a crowd of people and the tile floor in the bar was covered with beer. Another case in Colorado awarded a trucker $10 million for injuries sustained in a Walmart involving a grease spill (big box retail stores tend to have higher settlements because their insurance coverage gives them the means to pay what the case is worth.)

If you are injured in a slip and fall incident, you may be entitled to sue for damages that include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability and loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

The Importance of Notice in a Slip and Fall Case

If you are injured in a slip and fall case, it will be important for you to understand “notice.” It is up to you, as the injured party, and your attorney to prove that some kind of duty, or notice, was owed to the injured party.

You must also establish that the owner of the property knew, or should have known, about the dangerous situation that resulted in the injury. A judge may make his decision on whether or not to hear the case based solely on this notice. For this reason, it is important to take certain steps if you are involved in a slip and fall injury.

For instance, in the case of Austin v. Walgreen Co, Northwestern Indiana resident Robin Austin failed to prove that her local Walgreens Pharmacy had “actual or constructive knowledge” of the wet floors that led to Ms. Austin breaking her knee. This decision was held up in a court of appeals.

The Steps to Take in a Slip and Fall Case

In the event that you are in a slip and fall incident that leads to injury, there are important steps you should take.

  • First and foremost, seek medical attention if you are injured. Putting off medical attention can make the injury worse.
  • Document the pertinent information surrounding the event. Take photos and write down all information before too much time passes.
  • Collect contact information from any witnesses and make notes about the condition of the environment at the moment of the accident. Pay special attention to what is on the floor, the level of lighting and any other factor that may have contributed to your fall.
  • Get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney

A slip and fall injury can be devastating for the injured, incurring medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional trauma. If your injury is the result of a property owner’s negligence, you need to be compensated appropriately.

Personal Attention from Professional Attorneys

If you believe your slip and fall injury is the liability of the property owner, talk to the professional attorneys at Karpe Litigation Group today. We are experts in police misconduct and civil liberties law, winning the most challenging cases and helping those in need for 20 years and counting. There is no fee until we win for you. Committed to making things easy for you, we are happy to meet by appointment on evenings and weekends, and travel to you when needed. Give us a call today at 1-888-228-7800 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.