Common Causes of Falls
and Tips for Fall
SLIP AND FALL INJURIES IN NEW YORK
New Yorkers Are Always on the Move
In a city where parking spots are scarce,
public transportation is crowded and
everything you need is just a few blocks
away, the best way to get to your
destination is often your own two feet. It
was no surprise to New Yorkers when
Fitbit said that people in New York take
more steps every day than people in other
states. Walking is great exercise. It’s good
for your pocketbook. Yet, depending on
the conditions of the surface you walk on,
it can also lead to serious injuries.
Slipping and Falling - No Laughing Matter
One step on a slippery, unstable
or uneven surface can have
lasting, detrimental consequences
to your health. Though people
don’t always realize just how
serious a fall can be, anyone who
has suffered injuries from a fall
knows that they can cause many
painful, long-term and expensive
injuries. Let’s look at just how
serious falls really are…
Statistics on Fall-Related Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Around 20% of falls cause serious injuries.
Nearly three million older adults are treated in
emergency rooms due to slip and fall injuries every
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Falls cause over 95% of hip fractures.
Common Injuries Resulting from Falls
Why We Fall?
Slippery surfaces (often due to ice,
snow, water or cleaning products)
Broken or slick steps
Broken or loose flooring
Broken handrails or lack of handrails
Lack of proper lighting
Other Ways That Falls Can Impact Our Lives
A fall can be costly, especially if injuries result in
medical treatment and ongoing care.
Falls can cause us to miss work, impacting our income
and ability to pay for medical bills.
Falls can reduce our ability to work, perform routine
tasks or enjoy the activities we used to enjoy.
Falls can cause serious anxiety, causing a fear of
falling again and restricting our activities.
Where Falls Happen
A person can slip, trip and fall in nearly
any environment. Falls can occur:
In the workplace
In hospitals or nursing homes
In our own homes
In the homes of others
In businesses, like retail stores or
Outside on sidewalks or stairs
Around public transportation, such
subways or trains
People at Higher Risk for Falls
People with weak legs or hips
People taking medications such as
antidepressants or sedatives
People with Vitamin D deficiencies
People with poor eyesight
Someone who has already suffered
a serious fall
Fall Prevention Tips
Make sure your home or workplace is free of clutter, broken
flooring, slick surfaces and dim light.
Install handrails on stairs, in bathrooms and any other
location where one could be prone to falling.
If you take medications causing dizziness, make sure you
have access to assistance if you should fall.
Consult a doctor to determine your fall risk.
Check your vision regularly.
Do exercises that increase balance.
What if Your Fall Was Not Your Fault?
Many falls occur on poorly maintained properties, often due to
the negligence of a property owner. When someone suffers a
serious injury because of someone else’s negligence, they can
file a premises liability claim to receive compensation for the
damages they have suffered. If a fall was suffered in the
workplace, a workers’ compensation claim might help alleviate
the expenses suffered by a worker. If the fall occurs in a medical
setting, a negligent healthcare professional might be at fault
through medical malpractice.
As you can see, there are many different causes for slips and falls. If your injury was caused a
negligent property owner, employer or healthcare provider, the New York slip and fall attorneys at
Kaplan Lawyers PC can help. We represented several clients who have suffered injuries due to the
negligence of others, and we know how to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us
today to learn more.
Kaplan Lawyers PC Can Help