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Slip and falls: the data and the dangers

For the average New Mexico resident, a trip to the grocery store is no extraordinary occurrence. When an accident happens while shopping, however, the events that follow can seem anything but normal. Slip and fall accidents occur more than one might expect, but there are a few facts to know that can make the process more manageable.

First, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection can help clarify some facts about slip and fall accidents across the nation. Hospitals see 800,000 patients a year for reasons related to slip and fall incidents; most involved head injuries and hip fractures. Those aged 65 years and older are the most vulnerable when it comes to these types of accidents. Yet the CDC points out that anyone can experience a sudden trip or fall. These accidents are actually the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Such mishaps are no light matter, either: slip and falls cost the country over $50 billion in 2015 alone.

Many victims of slip and falls do not even realize that their accident can become the subject of a lawsuit. However, as Findlaw shows, one must prove a number of factors in a slip and fall claim. Cases will generally start with the question of whether the property owner took all proper measures to keep customers safe, and victims must prove that the cause of the accident was a dangerous condition. One must show that the property owner created that dangerous condition, and that he or she failed to make the environment safe despite knowing about the hazards. The condition must have also existed for a period of time in which the owner should have discovered and addressed the problem before the incident took place. An injury can take months, and even years, to heal. A human life is simply irreplaceable. A slip and fall situation can often be preventable.    


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