A New Jersey woman has filed suit against Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. after slipping on a wet substance and falling at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in January. The injured victim is seeking damages in excess of $150,000 from Parx for what she claims is negligence that resulted in a variety of medical and lifestyle issues, such as neck pain, mental anguish, suffering, emotional upset, humiliation and general loss of enjoyment of life.
The Parx Casino case reminds us of just how common slip and fall accidents are, and how they can happen to anyone at any time. Whether we are on the job, running errands or trying to enjoy a night out with our loved ones, we all run the risk of having our lives disrupted by someone else’s negligence. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that falls account for over eight million emergency-room visits per year, representing the leading cause of admissions, and that slips and falls account for over a million of those incidents.
Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that slips and falls are the number-one cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings and that 70 percent of those accidents occur on flat surfaces.
Pursuing Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
Many slip and fall victims are reluctant to seek compensation because they don’t want to appear greedy or opportunistic; however, the potential medical costs and time out of work associated with these injuries can seriously derail one’s finances and life. Slip and fall accidents can lead to a multitude of long-term health issues, including knee injuries, shattered bones, muscle injuries, neck injuries and even paralysis.
According to the National Institute of Health, the average cost of an emergency-room visit is $1,233. This figure doesn’t factor in the extensive long-term care that may be required to treat lasting injuries. The average hospitalization cost of a slip and fall accident is reported to be more than $34,000. For these reasons, it is critical that you protect yourself and your family against unexpected hardship by seeking the representation of an experienced slip and fall lawyer in New Jersey.