May 5th, 2021
Paulozzi Joseph

There is a reason they call them the Baby Boomers. According to the last census, Boomers represent 23.5% of the U.S. population. This generation is second only in size to their children and grandchildren, the Millennials, which make up an estimated 72 billion worldwide.

Born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers are currently between 57-75 years old. Because of this boom, the number of seniors grew in the U.S. from 35 to 77 million between 2005 and 2020.

Coincidentally, the statistics show that older adults are far more likely to experience a slip-and-fall accident and suffer from injuries related to slip-and-fall accidents.

Boomer or not, if you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident, you need to consult with Clevelands personal injury attorneys at Paulozzi LPA.

The Numbers Do Not Lie

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than a million Americans suffer from slip, trip, and fall injuries, and more than 17,000 Americans die because of these injuries.

Slip, trip, and fall injuries are the leading cause of hospitalization for older adults, according to studies conducted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. They account for 15% of all on-the-job injuries, and between 12% to 15% of all Workers’ Compensation claims come from slips, trips, and falls.

The five major causes for slip-and-fall accidents include:

  1. Walking surfaces without proper slip resistance
  2. Poor conditions on walking surfaces
  3. Unsafe handrails and guardrails
  4. Poor visibility
  5. Poor accessibility

Most of these injuries come from one of two types of falls which the CDC categorize as:

  1. Same-level falls – The most common type of falls, causing more injuries to more people. Typically, these falls result from a slip or trip on a walking surface.
  2. Elevated falls – The less common type of fall, these cause more severe injuries to those who sustain them. Over 60% of these falls are from less than a height of 10 feet.

For the more than a million injured from slip-and-fall accidents each year, treatment costs and recovery time is significantly greater for older patients than for the average non-seniors.

If You Fall, We Are Here To Pick You Up

No matter your age, ultimately, it is the responsibility of property owners to keep their premises safe and maintain a hazard-free environment. If you suffer an injury as a result of an owner being negligent or shirking their responsibility, you are entitled to compensation for injuries as well as pain and suffering.

A slip-and-fall accident is not only embarrassing, but it can also lead to severe injuries that may require expensive medical care and possibly recurring treatments and rehabilitation. These accidents can even result in death.

Anyone injured due to a property owner’s careless or negligent actions should know the Ohio personal injury statute of limitations offers a two-year window from the date the injury occurred to file a lawsuit in slip-and-fall cases.

Do not hesitate if you or a loved one was injured in one of these cases to contact Cleveland’s Paulozzi LPA, personal injury lawyers, for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 888-710-0040.

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