Do Slip and Fall Fatalities Increase by Age? 5 Potential Injury Causing Accidents

March 26, 2024

Do Slip and Fall Fatalities Increase by Age? 5 Potential Injury Causing Accidents

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Slip and fall fatalities can happen to anyone, but certain age groups are more prone to a fatal fall.

Slip and fall fatalities can happen unexpectedly. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the odds of dying in a fall was 1 in every 98 in 2021.

The cause of slip and fall fatalities can very, with possible situations including:

  • Wet or uneven floors 
  • Loose carpet or other material on the ground
  • Other rigid flooring that’s easy to trip over
  • Broken walkways or staircases
  • Missing handrails

While there is a vast number of ways slip and fall fatalities occur, studies show that there is also a big discrepancy between age groups and fatality rates.

The NSC reports that almost 78 percent of all slip and fall fatalities in public places occur in victims 75 or older. This is a 20 percent increase since 2017.

The number of slip and fall fatalities gradually goes up by age

To put the results into perspective, ages 45-74 totaled around 21 percent of all slip and fall fatalities, including the 25-44 age group accounting for only about 2.7 percent of the total. 

This means there is a 2680 percent increase in slip and fall fatalities in public places between age groups 25-44 and 75 or older.

What’s so dangerous about slip and fall fatalities is how they can happen even when one tries staying safe, or isn’t looking for trouble. 

Slip and fall fatalities could lead to a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to the negligence or delinquency of another party. 

According to California law code 377.60, a wrongful death claim may be filed by:

  • The deceased’s surviving spouse 
  • The deceased’s surviving domestic partner 
  • The deceased’s children

Think of a situation where 77 year-old Orlando is grocery shopping. He slips on a wet surface that hasn’t been cleaned for over an hour.

After the slip, Orlando lands on his head and suffers a traumatic brain injury that leads to hemorrhaging. He falls into a coma and succumbs to his injuries. 

For a successful wrongful death claim, one must prove:

  • A person has died 
  • The death was caused by negligence or intent
  • Surviving family members are suffering financially as a result of the aforementioned death

Orlando’s wife Marcia has the grounds for a wrongful death claim. Her husband’s passing was due to the negligence of the store for not cleaning the wet floor.

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Not all slip and falls result in death. There are a number of other injuries one can suffer from, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts
  • Lacerations
  • Scarring
  • Neck injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Back injuries
  • Paralysis

From slip and fall fatalities to injuries, you deserve an attorney on your side that has experience helping clients recover compensation and get the justice they deserve.

At C&B Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you throughout the process following a claim. 

For slip and fall fatalities that result in a wrongful death claim, our team of San Fernando Valley lawyers can help you recover damages, including:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical bills for the deceased 
  • Wages the deceased may have earned 
  • Loss of financial support for surviving family members

We will help build a case using evidence, and won’t stop until we make sure you receive the compensation that should be yours.

The Glendale injury attorneys at C&B Law Group have a fantastic track record of successfully settling over 99 percent of our personal injury cases. We have numerous five star reviews from satisfied clients. 

We’ve helped injured parties across Los Angeles and Southern California, in areas such as:

  • Burbank
  • Glendale
  • South Gate
  • Downey
  • Fresno
  • Bakersfield

Additionally, we work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay us until your case is settled. 

On top of that, your initial consultation with our team is free as well.

Don’t wait. Contact the Burbank personal injury lawyers at C&B Law Group today about your slip and fall case.

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