When cartoon characters slip on a banana peel and fall, it’s funny. But, in real life, slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter. Each year more than 500,000 Americans seek hospital care for injuries from slip and falls. Many of these injuries are disabling. About 16,000 people die.
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability in Wisconsin. Only car accidents cause more Wisconsin deaths. They are the leading cause of traumatic injury and accidental death among the elderly. Approximately 11,000 senior deaths are attributed to slips and falls each year. In fact, one out of every three seniors who breaks a bone in a Wisconsin slip and fall will die within a year of the accident. The rate is higher for broken hips.
Slip and falls don’t just harm the elderly. They are the leading cause of injury in the home and in hotels, stores, restaurants, and other public buildings. In fact, slip and falls account for thirty percent of all reported injuries.
Slip and falls are a problem in the workplace as well. Slip and falls account for 57 percent of disabling on-the-job injuries. They account for 40 percent of Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation claims and are the number one cause of workplace death. In fact, on-the-job slips and falls kill more workers than all other forms of workplace accidents combined.
More than half of all slip and falls are due to defective or slippery flooring. These accidents can be prevented. If you are a victim of a Wisconsin slip and fall accident, you may eligible for compensation under premises liability law. To learn more, contact the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Hupy & Abraham at 800-800-5678.