10 interesting facts about slip and fall accidents

Sep 4 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Uncategorized

Slip and fall accidents are all too common and can lead to minor and devastating injuries, and sometimes, even death.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities associated with slip and fall accidents differed between men and women, with 5% of falls leading to death for women as compared to 11% for men. Overall, women experience more slip and fall accidents more often.

Below, you’ll find 10 more intriguing facts about slip and fall accidents.

10. Slip and falls are often the leading cause of emergency room visits

According to slip and fall injury statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the United States, accounting for over 8 million emergency room visits each year.

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, slip and falls are also a leading cause of emergency room visits, especially among older adults and people with disabilities.

9. Fractures are the most serious personal injury associated with slip and falls accounting for 5 of all accidents.

Fractures are the most serious personal injury associated with slip and falls. According to the CDC, fractures account for millions of slip and fall injuries each year.

8. Slip and falls are the leading cause of work compensation claims for those 55 or older.

Slip and falls are the leading cause of work compensation claims for people aged 55 and older. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that slip and fall accidents account for over 200,000 work compensation claims each year.

In the St. Louis, MO, and East St. Louis, IL area, slip and falls are also a leading cause of work compensation claims for older workers.

7. Messy and hazardous floors account for more than 2 million fall injuries every year.

Messy and hazardous floors account for more than 2 million fall injuries each year. This includes spills, leaks, and uneven surfaces.

In St. Louis, messy and hazardous floors are also a common cause of slip and fall accidents.

6. Slip and fall accidents are the culprit that causes half of all accidental in-home deaths

Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of accidental in-home deaths for people over the age of 65. According to the CDC, slip and falls account for over half of all accidental in-home deaths.

Slip and fall accidents are also a leading cause of accidental in-home deaths for older adults in St. Louis.

5. Individuals aged 65 to 84 are especially susceptible to death due to a slip and fall accident, as these accidents are the second leading cause of injury-related death

Slip and fall accidents are also a leading cause of death for older adults, especially in the St. Louis area. The CDC reports that according to their research, slip and falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death for people in this age group.

4. 60% of nursing home residents fall experience a slip and fall accident each year

Sixty percent of nursing home residents experience a slip and fall accident each year. According to the CDC, slip and falls are the leading cause of injuries in nursing homes. In the St. Louis area, slip and fall accidents are also a leading cause of injuries in nursing homes.

3. More than 600 slip and fall deaths happen to people 75 years or older

Per the CDC, 675 slip and fall deaths happen to people aged 75 and older each year. While slip and fall deaths per year are a national statistic, slip and fall accidents are also a leading cause of death for people aged 75 and older in the St. Louis metro area.

2. 22% of the time, workers missed over 31 days of work due to these accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22% of workers who experience a slip and fall accident miss over 31 days of work. Slip and fall accidents can also have a significant impact on workers’ ability to earn a living.

1. Fatal falls are most common in construction, mining and maintenance industries

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ slip and fall statistics also show that fatal falls are most common in the construction, mining, and maintenance industries.

Slip and fall accidents can be serious and even life-threatening. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney to discuss your legal options.

If you end up on your injured as a result of someone’s negligence or carelessness, our personal injury attorneys are well-versed in the ins and outs of fighting for compensation is waiting to represent you.