Did You Know Slip & Fall Accidents are the #2 Cause of Injury in the US?
As the #2 cause of injury in the United States, you’d think slip and fall accidents would be a highly discussed, well-known issue. Yet many are not even sure how to respond when they have sustained a slip and fall injury.
Who Is More Likely to Experience or Be Injured By a Slip & Fall Accident?
- Falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits (21.3%), and slip and falls account for 12% of all falls.
- Fall fatalities are almost equally divided between men and women, but women are more likely to experience a slip and fall accident.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that falls accounted for 5% of job-related fatalities for women, but 11% for men.
- Slip and falls are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 and older.
- Many consider slip and falls to be at crisis levels for the elderly. In the United States, one in every three people over 65 will experience a fall. Half of those are fallen previously. The CDC reported that over 15,000 people over 65 died in 2005 as a result of a fall. This rate constitutes a 7,700 increase from one decade earlier. 1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated in an emergency room in 2005 as a result of a fall.
What Injuries Are Likely to Occur Due to a Slip & Fall Accident?
- 5% of all people who experience a fall sustain a fracture.
- While slip and falls are not a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they are a primary cause of total “lost days from work.” Slip and falls are also the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.
- Hip fractures are the most common type of fracture sustained from falls and tend to lead to the most significant health problems and the highest number of deaths.
- 50% of all elderly individuals (over 65 years old) who are hospitalized from hip fractures can no longer live independently and cannot return home.
- Falls are responsible for 87% of all fractures sustained by people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of both spinal cord injuries and brain injury symptoms.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that floors and flooring materials directly contribute to over 2 million falls annually.
- According to Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition, 85% of worker’s compensation claims are due to employees slipping on slick floors.
Where Do Slip and Falls Occur?
- Most fall injuries in a residence occur at ground level, not from an elevation. A fall causes half of all accidental deaths in a home.
- Over 60% of nursing home residents fall every year.
- While falls occur in almost every manufacturing and service sector, fatal falls tend to occur in construction, mining, and in the performance of specific maintenance job duties.
- The American Trucking Association found that slip and fall claims are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry.
If you have injuries from a recent slip and fall accident and you are nervous about paying your medical bills, don’t waste any time. Get in touch with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at Hudson Law Firm. We can help you navigate the process to defend your legal rights and protect your financial and medical interests. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.