Slip and Fall Accidents Pose Injury Risks to New Jersey Residents

New Jersey Cracked Sidewalk A slip and fall accident may not sound serious, but in reality the injuries from slipping, tripping or falling can be detrimental and in some cases fatal. According to SAIF, a non-for-profit state-chartered workers’ compensation company, the definition of a slip is when there is too little traction between your footwear and the floor. Wet surfaces often cause people to slip. A trip is when your foot hits another object, causing you to lose your balance and tilt forward. Trips can be caused by factors such as clutter on the ground and uneven stairs. Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere, so it’s important to always be cautious about your surroundings.

Slip and Fall Statistics

Dangerous Stairs SAIF reports that an estimated 3.8 million disabling work injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls each year; these injuries account for 12 to 15 percent of all workers’ compensation costs. Slip and fall accidents are both disabling and costly, with the average slip, trip and fall claiming around $22,000. Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that these incidents cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths, making them second only to motor vehicle accidents.

New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawsuits

Slip and fall accidents are all too common in New Jersey, and can happen unexpectedly. reports about one lawsuit filed against Solitude House museum. The suit, filed by Steven and Pamela Jones in January 2010, is over a slip and fall accident that was allegedly caused by leaf-covered sidewalks in front of the Annex of Solitude House. Even though that property belongs to the borough of High Bridge, the lease requires Solitude House to maintain the area. The lawsuit alleged that they failed to do this, leading to injuries. Ultimately, the case was settled out of court.

Lawsuits have also been filed against homeowners and businesses over uneven sidewalks. In July 2012, reported that many New Jersey towns had put ordinances into place asking homeowners to repair the sidewalks in front of their properties.

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Dangers to the Elderly

The Elderly At Higher Risk

Anyone can be at risk for a slip and fall injury, but statistics suggest that the elderly population may be more susceptible to greater injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls account for 40 percent of all nursing home admissions and are the sixth-leading cause of death among people over 70 years of age. The National Institute on Aging reports that 30 percent of people over the age of 65 will suffer a fall and 10 percent of those cases will lead to a serious injury.

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