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US Stats: Annually $50 billion go toward medical cost for falls

Slip-and-fall situations cost money when it results in an injury that requires medical attention.

It is important to hold public places accountable. There are injuries that happen when engaging in physical activities, contact or the wear-and-tear of an individual’s body. There are also injuries caused by hazards. Whether it is property structure or conditions such as a slippery surface with no signage marking such, these are situations where it is important to hold property owners accountable. It is serious anytime a public place exposes one to a slip-and-fall incident. One fall could lead to a severe injury.

In 2015, more than $50 billion in medical costs nationwide stemmed from treating falls. Medicare and Medicaid covered three-fourths of that total cost. To add, one of four elderly people fall each year. About half of those elders do not even report the incident to their doctor.

With head injuries a constant subject in the media, sports is marked as a primary cause for these cases. It is also common to suffer a head injury during a fall. One of every five falls leads to either a broken bone or head injury. For an elderly individual, a head injury could lead to brain damage.

Around the nation personal injuries happen, however, living in New York the danger is even closer to home. Injuries are the leading cause of death for New Yorkers ages 1 to 34. Even worse, about 8,000 locals pass away due to injuries. These are all things to consider after sustaining an injury due to a slip-and-fall incident. If the property owner maintained a safer environment, your injury may have never occurred in the first place.

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