Slip & Fall Facts and Figures

Each year, millions of people slip and fall due to slippery surfaces and floors, Let's walk you through some of the facts and figures.

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Leading cause of injuries throughout the United States.

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Cause for Workers Compensation & Liability claims.

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Cause of accidents in homes, hotels, restaurants, and public buildings.

What is a slip and fall?

As far as lawsuits go, a slip and fall is any instance of individual injury after falling on someone else’s property. In order for a slip and fall case to hold together, there must be proof that the fall was caused by the property owner’s negligence or that the fall could have been prevented if the property owner had been more diligent with their property upkeep.

Danger of Slip & Falls

How dangerous are slip and falls?

Slip and fall injuries can have a large impact on an individual’s life. A slip and fall can result in days or weeks off of work, as well as serious injuries such as fractured or broken bones. Slips and falls are particularly dangerous for older and elderly individuals, and they account for nearly 90 percent of fractures in individuals who are more than 65 years old.

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More Facts

Some other facts and figures regarding slip and fall accidents include:

  • Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
  • Slips and Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
  • Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
  • Slips and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, but represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
    Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
  • Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall. Most fall injuries in the home happen at ground level, not from an elevation.
  • Of all fractures from falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest health problems and number of deaths. The following statistics describe the slip-and-fall crisis affecting our nation’s elderly.
  • Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall. Half of which are repeat fallers.
  • According to the CDC In 2005, more than 15,000 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall. Up from 7,700 a decade earlier.
  • Disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls are approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.
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