While they may be embarrassing, slip and fall injuries are so common that they have been identified as the third most common cause of personal injury claims in South Carolina, as reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The same report indicated that slip and fall injuries are in the top five causes of accidental death in this state, and the number one cause of injuries in children and deaths in senior citizens.
Typically, slip or trip and fall injuries that occur on the same level are far less serious and deadly than slipping or tripping and falling from a height to a lower level. Having said that, falling to a lower level includes everything from falling off high scaffolding or a ladder to falling down the stairs or falling out of bed. While children and the elderly are more prone to serious and potentially lethal injuries from slipping or tripping and falling, a slip or trip and fall injury can happen to anyone. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control report that we’re referring to identified more than 114,000 non-fatal slip/trip and fall injuries in South Carolina in 2010, with more than 25,000 of those being children under the age of 17.
Causes and Consequences of South Carolina Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip or trip and fall injuries can occur in virtually any location with a variety of common associated injuries and consequences. Some of the most common locations for such injuries include workplaces, businesses, pool areas, your own home, or the home of another person. Common injuries from slip or trip and fall accidents in South Carolina homes include broken and fractured bones, with hip fractures being quite common, neck and back injuries, serious spinal cord injuries, sprains and strains of the wrists, arms, and ankles, and head trauma.
Slip and Fall Injuries at Workplaces and Businesses
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries are related to workplace hazards and hazards at businesses, such as grocery stores and other public areas. In fact, the National Safety Council identifies slip or trip and fall injuries as the second leading cause of fatal injuries in the workplace. The most common injuries associated with such accidents include traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, and serious spinal injuries.
The most common causes of these accidents and injuries include slippery floors, due to spills, ice, and mopping, inadequately lit walkways and stairwells, flaws and damage to the flooring or carpet, uneven and unstable work surfaces, cords and other tripping hazards, and cluttered areas. These injuries account for most workplace injuries resulting in workers’ compensation claims and many personal injury claims on the property of local businesses.
Slip and Fall Injuries at Home and on Private Property
Another very common location for slip or trip and fall injuries is in your own home. This is also the most common form of injury to occur on the private property of someone else, like a friend or relative. Even at home or on private property, you can experience the serious consequences of a fall to a lower level. Depending on the circumstances, you might find yourself falling from a roof or from the top of the stairs to a lower floor. Even if you don’t have stairs in your home and don’t spend any time on the roof of your home, you can still sustain slip and fall injuries due to a wet or icy floor or walkway or a trip and fall injury due to clutter or damaged flooring. Some injuries occur for no other reason than losing your balance.
You might be surprised, however, to learn that most accidental deaths from slip and fall injuries at home occur on the ground level. You don’t have to be working on your roof, hanging Christmas lights or carrying something down the stairs to experience a life-threatening slip and fall injury. You should also keep in mind that if your injury occurs on someone else’s private property, then you may have a premises liability claim.
Contact a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Today
Regardless of where you are or how your injury occurred, if you’ve been hurt in a slip or trip and fall accident in South Carolina, contact the determined personal injury attorneys in Greenville at Bryan Ramey & Associates today. We’ll review the details of your accident and your injuries, and help you to determine whether you have a personal injury claim and what to do next.