No matter your age, a slip, trip, or fall accident can lead to much more than a momentary feeling of embarrassment or a bloody knee. For many people who have suffered a slip, trip, or fall accident, the consequences are significant, life-changing injuries. For some others, the accident is fatal–a truth that may be surprising.
In fact, many statistics related to slip, trip, or fall accidents may be surprising. Let’s look at twelve of these statistics.
Statistics on Medical Bills and Missed Work
- Each year, in the U.S., over 8 million emergency room visits are due to slips, trips, and falls.
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.
- Falls are the primary cause of lost time at work.
- 22 percent of falls result in more than 31 days of missed work.
Statistics on Non-Fatal Falls
- Falls account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the U.S.
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
Statistics on Fatal Falls
- 697 workers died in fall-related accidents in 2016.
- Falls are the number one cause of death for adults 65 and older.
- Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
- A fall is the sixth most likely cause of death.
If you have suffered a slip, trip, or fall accident, you may have questions or concerns about your situation. If your accident was caused by a dangerous condition on someone’s property and you have not yet started a lawsuit, call me. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at email@example.com.