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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Slip and Fall Facts

A slip and fall accident may not be serious – causing a victim to fall down and only come away with a few scrapes, bruises, or scratches. However, in many cases victims are seriously injured in slip and fall accidents and incur serious injuries that are expensive to treat.

  • The #2 leading cause of injuries throughout the United States. (Auto accidents are #1)
  • The #2 cause for Workers Compensation and Liability claims. (40% of all claims paid out)
  • The #1 cause of accidents in homes, hotels, restaurants, and public buildings.
  • (70% occur on flat and level surfaces)

Statistics show:

  • 25,000 slip and fall injuries require hospital care every day. (Over 9 million per year)
  • More than 300,000 are "disabling" injuries.
  • Most accidents that happen in the home occur in the bathroom.
  • 35% of all work-related injuries are slip and fall accidents and account for 65% of lost time from work
  • 95,000,000 days lost from work.
  • Slip and fall accidents account for 2/3 of all accidents among adults over 65, according to an AARP report.
  • Every hour an older adult dies as a result of a fall.
  • Here are some basic slip and fall statistics, taken from the National Safety Council and the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
  • Over one million people in the United States experience a significant slip, trip, or fall each year.
  • An average of 17,000 Americans die from their slip and fall accidents
  • Falls account for one quarter of serious injuries in the workplace.
  • The most frequent injuries were of the back, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and knee . In general, joint injuries are most common.
  • A death from an on-the-job slip and fall is estimated to cost an average of $940,000 - on top of the victim's family's loss and trauma.
  • Slips and falls are the third largest cause of workplace injuries.
  • Slips and falls are the single most common reason for visits to the emergency room.
  • The average cost of a slip and fall injury is $28,000, including medical bills, physical therapy, and missed wages.
  • Slips and falls are the number two cause of accident death and disability, following behind automobile accidents.
  • Slips and falls lead to 104 million lost workdays per year in North America - that's 4,000 lifetimes!
  • Seventy percent of slips and falls occur on level ground.
  • Trip and fall injuries cost the US $36 billion each year.
  • Slip and fall accidents kill more workers than all other on-the-job fatalities combined.
  • 55 percent of those over 40 have suffered a debilitating slip and fall accident during their lifetimes.

 

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