Every year, nearly nine million Americans are sent to the emergency room due to an unexpected fall. Of these injuries, over 25,000 accounted for fatalities in 2009, with elderly Americans facing a risk four times greater than others of a fatal fall. While the conditions surrounding these accidents vary, it is particularly unfortunate when such events could have easily been avoided by an owner or employer taking proper preventative measures. A wet floor is one example of a hazardous environment that can usually be fixed or at least clearly identified before an accident occurs.
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