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May 11th, 2012 - by DKRPA

A new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau says that the number of “questionable” slip-and-fall claims (claims that may be fraudulent or debatable in nature) jumped 12% from 2010, when there were 1,944 claims, to 2011, which saw 2,168 claims.

Of the five states that had the most questionable slip-and-fall claims during this time frame, Florida ranked second on the list with 286 incidents.

Other heavily-populated states dotted the top five, with California (ranked 1st), New York (3rd), Texas (4th) and Illinois (5th) rounding out the list. Florida did not have a representative on the list of major cities with the most slip-and-fall claims though; that makes it seem like such incidents are spread out and universally problematic for the whole state, as opposed to being concentrated in a populated city.

While the point of the NICB report is to show that some of these slip-and-fall claims are fraudulent, and, make no mistake, there are some dubious people out there who try to make a quick buck alleging a slip-and-fall claim when, really, such a charge should never be made.

However, many more slip-and-fall claims are legitimate and they can cause a victim to be seriously injured. Some people don’t even realize that the seemingly-minor fall they had in a grocery store would develop, days later, into a serious leg or hip injury. Others can knock their head in a slip-and-fall incident and walk away feeling just fine — and then the next day they have blurred vision, feel woozy and have headaches.

These are the sorts of incidents that can cause innocent victims physical and emotional pain; and while it might be easy to lump them all together under the “fraud” label, it should be the negligent businesses or establishments that failed to keep their premises safe that get the criticism.

Source: Claims Journal, “Questionable Slip and Fall Claims Increase 12 Percent,” May 8, 2012