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Dos and Don’ts for Avoiding and Coping With Accidental Falls

Accidental falls are one of the most common types of accidental injuries seen by hospitals each year. Older people are more susceptible, as accidental falls in people over the age of 65 are four times more likely to result in death. However, such accidents are completely preventable with proper knowledge and safety awareness. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accidental fall, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals has what it takes to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.

There are four common types of fall accidents. Trip and fall accidents occur when an individual stumbles over any foreign object in their walking path. This can include cracks or bumps in the floor. Another common type of accidental fall, includes step and falls. Step and falls are a result of the walking surface beneath the person giving out, or the individual stepping and falling in a hole. Finally, slip and fall accidents, perhaps the most common, occur as a result of a walking surface that is slippery. This may include wet or icy surfaces and grease slicks.

There are many ways to prevent these accidents from occurring. First and foremost, it is important to pay close attention to where you’re walking. Checking for any hazard signs, debris, or hazardous substances on the ground can help prevent one from falling. Be aware of unsafe stairways, pathways and walkways, where walking surfaces are broken or uneven. Also, you should always use handrails for extra support when walking up or down stairs, especially in stairwells with bad lighting. Should you spot a potentially hazardous area while at work, always inform your supervisor immediately. This will protect other employees from serious injury as well.

In the event that you have fallen, it is important to remain calm and call for help. Report the accident as soon as possible to any supervisors, managers or landlords on the grounds of the accident. Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel that your injuries are minor. If your injuries are severe, contact an attorney immediately. Saving all of your medical documentation will be key in the event that a workers’ compensation claim becomes necessary. You’ll also want to keep track of any lost time at work due to your fall and take photos of the scene of the accident as soon as possible. It is also important to get statements from anyone who witnessed the accident, along with their names, addresses and telephone numbers.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accidental fall, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP today. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers will offer you only the best in legal representation. Call us today at (800) 529-2676.