Groups At-Risk for Slip and Fall InjuriesBy Stewart J. Guss on January 2nd, 2014
According to data provided by the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the United States. While all of us are at some risk of being involved in a slip and fall accident, some of us are at more risk than others. While slip and fall accidents do not affect all of us equally, they result in approximately 8.9 million emergency department visits each year, according to the NSC.
Texas business and property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner and can be held responsible as being negligent if they fail to do so. Anyone who has been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of another may be able to recover financial compensation through a Texas personal injury lawsuit claim. To determine whether you have a claim, you should discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced Houston slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. It is important to remember that slip and fall claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that any delay in filing a claim may jeopardize your right to recover for your losses.
Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen to anyone. That being said, certain groups of people are more susceptible to slip and fall injuries that others. These groups include:
- Individuals aged 0 to 19 – Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for this demographic. In addition, over 8,000 individuals between 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in fall accidents each day.
- Older Adults – CDC data also indicates that falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults. In 2010 alone, there were approximately 2.3 million injuries due to falls treated in emergency departments among older adults.
While these demographic groups may be at an increased risk of fall-related injury, people of any age may slip and fall and sustain injuries when a Texas business does not keep its premises safe and free from hazardous conditions. If an individual is injured in a fall due to another party’s negligence, they may be able to bring a personal injury claim against that party.
Contact a Houston slip and fall injury attorney today for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for any losses that you have incurred. Attorney Stewart Guss is an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how important it is for his clients to receive the compensation they deserve. Stewart has been representing slip and fall injury victims in Houston, Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands and throughout Texas for almost 20 years. As a Houston native, Stewart maintain close ties to the community he serves and takes a personal interest in each client he represents. For a free consultation with Stewart, call our office today at 800-898-4877. There is no charge for this consultation, and no fee unless we win your case.