Slip and fall injuries are a common occurrence in Oklahoma City. Occasionally, they are a freak accident, and nobody is to blame. On other occasions, however, your fall could be the fault of a third party. And if it is, you may be owed compensation.
Hasbrook & Hasbrook are slip-and-fall injury lawyers who work with you to determine whether you have a viable case. We evaluate the facts surrounding your accident and then tell you if we believe you could be owed compensation. With our legal support, you may be able to win large cash payouts.
The Leading Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents In Oklahoma City
Rarely do slip and fall accidents happen in Oklahoma City, isolation. Often, there is a contributory factor. These include:
- Broken stairs
- Wet and slippery floors
- Torn carpets
- Dim lighting
- Ice or snow on the ground
- Dark stairwells
- Improper or inadequate draining
- Spilled produce
- Lack of handrails
- Uneven or cracked sidewalk
What Damages Can You Claim In A Slip And Fall Accident?
The costs of a slip and fall can be considerable. You may face tangible costs, such as medical expenses and lost wages, as well as intangible costs, such as physical and mental suffering resulting from the accident.
At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, we help you obtain financial remuneration that provides sufficient restitution to cover all these economic and non-economic costs.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, you must act sooner rather than later. Oklahoma’s injury law has a two-year statute of limitations, meaning you must initiate your case within 24 months of your fall.
What Are The Elements Of A Successful Slip And Fall Case?
If you want to launch a successful trip-and-fall case, you need to demonstrate to the court (with our assistance) that your slip and fall resulted from a third party’s negligent actions. (The third party can be a business, a homeowner, or a public agency). The law requires you to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and in so doing, caused your injuries.
Oklahoma’s “contributory negligence” rules allow the courts to assign blame for injuries to you and the defendant. According to the statute, “the amount of the recovery shall be diminished in proportion to such person’s contributory negligence.” Furthermore, if the court determines that your negligence accounted for 50 percent or more of the injuries, you can’t recover any damages.
Hasbrook & Hasbrook has extensive experience dealing with cases involving contributory negligence. We create a lawsuit on your behalf that argues for the third party’s negligence, helping you to retrieve as much compensation as possible.
Oklahoma City Slip And Fall Statistics
The Oklahoma State Department of Health records the number of accidental deaths resulting from falls.
Falls were responsible for more than 731 deaths across the whole of Oklahoma. When we break down the data by metropolitan county, we find the following death tallies for 2018:
- Canadian: 31 deaths
- Cleveland: 38 deaths
- Grady: 19 deaths
- Kingfisher: less than 5 deaths
- Lincoln: 7 deaths
- Logan: 9 deaths
- McClain: 13 deaths
- Oklahoma: 202 deaths
- Payne: 10 deaths
- Pottawatomie: 16 deaths
Summing across all counties, we find the total number of deaths from accidental falls in the Oklahoma City metro area was 350 in 2018.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health also records the total incident rate of non-fatal illnesses and injuries, including slips, trips, and falls. The recorded case rate in all industries, including state and local government, was 3.8 per 100 full-time workers per year. In goods-producing sectors, the figure was 4.2, and in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting, it was 5.1.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects data on the number of non-fatal and fatal workplace falls, slips, and trips across Oklahoma. Data suggest that of Oklahoma’s 91 fatal injuries in 2018, 11 resulted from slips, trips, and falls. Three people were between 25 and 34, and six were over 55.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also collects nationwide slip, trip, and fall data. These reveal 240,160 workplace-related slips, trips, and falls in 2018. 79,140 of these events resulted in sprains, strains, and tears of ligaments, tendons, and muscle fibers. 42,800 led to bone fractures, and 5,940 led to cuts, lacerations, and punctures. A further 28,570 injuries caused bruise contusions, and 12,710 caused multiple traumatic injuries to various body areas. Around 19 percent of recorded injuries – 51,230 – led to general soreness and pain.
Hasbrook & Hasbrook points out that it is possible to slip and trip without a fall and still cause injury. The BLS data provides evidence that this is the case. There were 35,330 slips and trips without a fall reported in 2018. Of those, 25,470 resulted in sprains, strains, and tears, and 1,870 caused fractures. A further 50 let to cuts, lacerations, or skin punctures.
Of all slips, trips, and falls recorded in the workplace, 147,390 were “falls on the same level.” 38,230 led to sprains, strains, or tears, and 26,300 led to bone fractures.
In addition, there were 52,510 “falls to a lower level” across the US in 2018. Of these, 13,160 led to sprains, strains, and tears, and a further 10,510 led to soreness and pain.
Get Help From An Oklahoma City Slip And Fall Attorney
You may be owed compensation if you’ve experienced a slip, trip, or fall. Here at Hasbrook & Hasbrook, we can evaluate your case and let you know whether you recover any damages.