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Premises Liability Facts and Stats
Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
- In 2007, more than 21,000 Americans died after a fall.
- In 2006, unintentional falls were the leading cause of all emergency room visits.
- Over 8 million Americans were injured in unintentional falls in 2007 alone.
- Slip and fall accidents accounted for 21% of all spinal cord injuries.
- Falls are the number one cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries in the United States.
- Falls are the second most common cause of paralysis.
- In 2007, falls were the leading cause of non fatal injuries.
- In 2007, falls were the fourth leading cause of fatal injuries.
- Injuries caused by falls are more common in adults over the age of 65.
- After a fall, injuries can leave victims with decreased quality of life and high health care costs.
- Slip and fall injuries include hip and lower extremity fractures, contusions, lacerations, brain injuries and severe soft tissue injuries.
- In 2008, over 1.8 million older adults were treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries. Many of these falls were slip and fall accidents and could have been prevented.
- Slip and fall or premises liability accidents can occur anywhere including: shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and public events.
- A property owner may be held liable if you are injured on their property.
- In Colorado, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you must prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition on their property. In addition, you must prove that not only did they know of the danger, but did nothing to correct it. This is known as a burden of proof.
- If you are trespassing on another person’s property at the time of the accident, the property owner may not be held liable.