5 Surprising Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
Slip and fall accidents can be dangerous and very costly. Here are some interesting statistics and how you can avoid becoming a victim of a bad fall at work or at home. Here are 5 surprising statistics about slip and fall accidents:
Millions of people go to the ER for fall accidents every year.According to the National Safety Council, approximately 9.2 million people went to the emergency room in 2016 for injuries from falling. About 1 million of those falls are slip and fall accidents, which breaks down to 2,000 people every day.
Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.Most people immediately think of sports accidents causing traumatic brain injuries, but you actually have a better chance of getting a TBI slipping and falling in your bathroom.
Slip and falls are the most common cause of injury.Even beyond brain injuries, slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of injury in general for people of almost every age. They tend to be more common and more serious for elderly people, but they can be dangerous for anyone (though not usually fatal).
Slip and falls rack up millions in medical debt each year.Medical treatment is extremely expensive in general, but treating a slip and fall accident can take the cake. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “In 2015, total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.” The cost for a single fall accident is approximately $30,000 and it gets more expensive the older you are.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common work-related injuries.Roughly 25 percent of all work-related injuries are from slip and falls. Construction workers suffer from the most injuries and deaths from slip and fall accidents, which should come as no surprise. Falls are also the most common reason people miss work.
Most slip and fall accidents are preventable with proper equipment, training and safety measures. If you’re working in a potentially dangerous place or situation, take a minute to calculate the risk and learn how to avoid a fall accident by using the right safety equipment and tools, looking for any possible hazards, making sure you’re on a stable surface, etc.
At home, some of the same rules can apply, especially if you’re working on a home project. You can also keep your home safe by clearing clutter, keeping cords out of walkways and keeping your floors free of water and spills.
If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate through workers’ compensation or filing a personal injury lawsuit for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills.