Slip and Fall Prevention: Is Your Home “Slip-Safe”?
Slip and fall accidents cause hundreds of injuries and deaths in Texas each year, making prevention a key concern for experienced Texas slip and fall injury attorneys. According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall injuries account for 8.9 million emergency room visits and claim more than 25,000 lives nationwide on an annual basis. While most of those who die as a result of a slip and fall accident are elderly individuals, a slip and fall can claim a life at any age.
Here are a few easy ways to help reduce slip and fall risks in your own home and protect those you love:
- 1. Stay alert for the causes of falls. Spills, wet surfaces, cluttered walkways, uneven surfaces, stairs, and sudden drop-offs without railings are all prime places for a slip and fall to occur. Start by checking out your living space for sites where a trip or slip could lead to a fall and correcting the problems wherever you can.
- 2. Take care of your health. Falls in older adults are frequently caused or exacerbated by poor core strength, poor balance, or failing eyesight. Regular exercise can help keep your body in shape to avoid or to stop a fall, and regular checkups can help you determine if you need corrective lenses or have a medical condition that could make a fall more serious, such as osteoporosis.
- 3. Make it easier to stop or prevent a fall. Install good lighting in all walkways and spaces inside and outside of your home. Use sturdy grab bars and non-slip mats in bathtubs, showers, and bathrooms to reduce the risk of slipping or help someone stop a fall if one starts. Check the railings on stairs and decks as well.
If you or a loved one has experienced a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages. Call a Lewisville premises liability lawyer at Steele Law, P.C. today at (214) 333-HELP (4357) to find out whether you have a viable case in a free consultation.