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How serious are slip-and-fall accidents?

There are many misconceptions about the legal system. One common stereotype is that individuals are eager to sue other people for seemingly minor incidents.

This is a view often help by individuals who learn of lawsuits based on slip-and-fall accidents, which some may believe are relatively minor or inconsequential. In reality, even a seemingly minor slip-and-fall accident can lead to devastating injuries suffered by Knoxville residents.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bear this out, particularly in relation to older adults. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults. Indeed, the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls for older adults.

Millions of Americans suffer falls each year, including 1 out of every 3 adults aged 65 and older. This amounted to billions of dollars in direct medical costs to address the injuries caused by falls.

The CDC's statistics demonstrate that slip-and-fall accidents should not be taken lightly. This is especially true when another person is at fault for the accident, such as a store owner or property owner who failed to properly maintain his or her premises. In these situations, the injured person may have a valid legal claim based on premises liability.

In the lawsuit, the injured person can show that the property owner was negligent in not maintaining the property or in allowing a dangerous condition to arise. By connecting the injury with the dangerous condition, the injured person may be entitled to much-needed compensation for his or her injuries. As discussed above, the costs from slip and falls can be devastating, including medical costs, loss of work and other expenses.

Source: CDC, "Falls among older adults: An overview," accessed on June 27, 2015

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