Slip and Fall Accidents Statistics

Slip and Fall Accidents Statistics

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Slip and Fall Accidents Statistics

Slip and fall accidents are more common and dangerous than most people realize. It's an unfortunate reality, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Council on Aging, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the National Safety Council keep track of this kind of unintentional injury.
 
Since you're reading our slip-and-fall accidents statistics article, you or a loved one may have recently been injured. If that's the case, Morgan and Morgan can help you recover compensation depending on the factors of your accident. Negligence on behalf of another party is essential for a legal claim. We'll address how that can impact your ability to collect insurance money further on.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents Statistics and Facts

  • Falls are the cause of almost one-third of non-fatal injuries
  • One out of five fall accidents results in a severe injury such as head trauma or broken bones
  • Over 800,000 people per year are hospitalized for injuries sustained by a fall
  • Over 95% of hip fractures occur because of a fall
  • More than nine million people per year end up in the emergency room because of fall-related injuries
  • Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries
  • Falling once doubles the chances of falling again in older adults
  • Slip and fall accidents are the third most common reason for personal injury lawsuits
  • With each decade of life, the probability of falls increases

Slip and Fall Accidents in the Home

  • Falls occur most frequently in the living room
  • 75% of falls happen in or near the home
  • 50% of accidental deaths in the home are fall-related
  • Over 97% of falls from ladders occur at home versus the workplace or elsewhere
  • Most people that fall in the home do so on a flat surface, not from an elevation
  • Falls are the second most common cause of injury or death within the home
  • Over 5,000 people visit an emergency room after a fall caused by tripping on loose carpeting or area rugs

Older Adults and Slip and Fall Accidents Statistics

  • Older adults that fall result in $50 billion in medical costs each year
  • 3 million older adults visited an emergency room in 2019 for injuries that were a result of a fall
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults 65 and older
  • Texas leads the nation in older adult falls
  • Wisconsin leads the nation in older adult deaths caused by falling
  • One in four older adults will fall each year
  • An average of 300,000 older adults are hospitalized each year for hip fractures
  • Half of older adults don't report falling
  • Older adults are treated in emergency rooms every 11 seconds for fall injuries
  • Adults over 85 are 10 to 15 times more likely to fracture a hip than individuals 60–65 years old
  • Over 60% of nursing home residents will experience a fall
  • More than half of the older adults who fracture a hip will not be able to return home or live independently
  • 40% of nursing home admissions are due to a fall

Statistics and Facts for Fatal Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents

  • Gender does not play a factor in fall fatalities; however, more men will die from a fall in the workplace
  • Fall injuries are responsible for 30,000 deaths each year
  • 67% of deaths related to falls are among adults over 75 years old
  • For those 65 and older, falls are the number one cause of preventable accident-related death
  • An older adult dies from injuries related to a fall every 20 minutes

Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents Statistics

  • Falls are the number one cause of lost time in the workforce
  • Construction workers are most at risk for death from a fall
  • Injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident are the most reported by employees
  • On average, an employee will miss 11 days of work following a fall
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents cost employers over $17 billion annually
  • 60% of non-fatal slip and fall injuries occur in the retail, services, and wholesale industries
  • 85% of workers' compensation claims are attributed to falls resulting from slick floors
  • Slip and fall injuries are the number one cause of workers' compensation claims in the trucking industry
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  • What Causes the Majority of Slip-and-Fall Accidents?

    While many slip-and-fall accidents can be avoided, sometimes conditions beyond our control or knowledge can cause this common mishap. In fact, slips and falls are so common they can be considered a public health crisis, especially when the consequences can be deadly or cause severe injury.
     
    Preventing slip and fall accidents is something that property owners should be proactive about if they want to avoid liability in a civil action. Property owners owe a duty of care to customers, visitors, and employees to maintain safe conditions on their premises.
     
    While wet and uneven walking surfaces cause the majority of slip, trip, and fall accidents worldwide, other culprits frequently cause people to take a spill. Here is a list of causes of slip and fall accidents:

    • Wet floors
    • Loose floorboards
    • Loose rugs and mats
    • Threadbare or torn carpeting
    • Freshly waxed floors  
    • Damaged sidewalks
    • Parking lot potholes
    • Faulty staircases
    • Defective handrails
    • Debris and clutter in walkways
    • Pooling moisture
    • Unsalted icy or snowy walkways
    • Poor safety training in the workplace
    • Electrical cords and cables
    • Nursing home neglect
    • Poor lighting
  • What Are the Most Common Causes of Falls in the Elderly?

    Older adults are more likely to die from a slip-and-fall than any other type of accident after age 65. Sadly, slip-and-fall accident statistics are trending upward in this demographic. Older adults have risk factors for falling that younger people may not be as vulnerable to, such as:

    • Weakness in the lower body
    • Problems with vision, hearing, and reflexes
    • Vitamin D deficiency (causing loss of bone density)
    • Use of medications
    • Health conditions that affect balance, such as heart disease and diabetes
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Loss of muscle mass due to aging
    • Blood pressure drops
    • Safety hazards at home, other residences, public spaces, and businesses
  • Can Nursing Homes Be Held Liable for Injury or Death Due to a Fall?

    Nursing homes that fail to maintain a safe environment for residents or provide sufficient care to prevent a fall may be held liable for damages that occur as a consequence. Leaving your loved ones in the care of others is never an easy decision. Still, when that choice has to be made, we expect our loved ones will receive the proper care and their needs will be met.
     
    Nursing home residents are far more vulnerable to serious injury and death from falling because they are frail. Because of this, nursing home administrators and staff should be vigilant about keeping the premises safe and keeping a close eye on them.
     
    When caretakers fail in their obligation to nursing home residents, Morgan and Morgan may be able to help recover compensation for their neglect. Nursing homes are regulated by the federal government under the Nursing Home Reform Act, and most states have laws that govern how these institutions should be run as well.
     
    Neglecting the care and safety of patients are grounds for a lawsuit in the case of injury or death.

  • How Can I Recover Compensation for My Slip and Fall Accident on Someone's Property?

    To recover compensation for injuries incurred by a slip and fall on someone else's property, you must prove that the property owner was negligent in their duty of care toward you. Specific requirements of a slip-and-fall lawsuit vary from state to state, but generally, the property owner must have created a dangerous condition through negligence that resulted in your injuries. Your status as a visitor to the property will also have some bearing.
     
    For instance, suppose you were out walking and decided to take a shortcut back home across someone's property. On your way back, you stumble on some loose pavers and fracture your wrist, trying to break your fall. In that case, your case wouldn't likely stand up in court because you were on the property without the owner's knowledge or consent.
     
    However, suppose you suffered the same injury from loose pavers at your neighbor's Halloween party for which you were an invited attendee. In that case, you may have a valid claim. Still, it may come down to demonstrating that your neighbor knew of the dangers on their property and didn't take steps to fix it or warn you of the hazard.
     
    Slip and fall lawsuits can be further tricky because of who is actually occupying the property. Not all property owners are automatically liable for an accident. The property may be leased to a business that ultimately has the responsibility to maintain the property. Identifying the appropriate party to sue is part of the role of a premises liability lawyer.

  • What Are Some Hazardous Property Conditions That Might Warrant a Slip-and-Fall Lawsuit?

    A hazardous condition can exist on a property, but you must have sustained some injury as a result of the condition to have a valid claim. Here are some examples that point to negligent behavior:

    • Failure to warn of slippery surfaces (not putting out a wet floor sign while mopping)
    • Poor inspection of the property
    • Failure to address or warn of slippery surfaces caused by weather
    • Failure to install proper lighting
    • Poor choice of materials to construct a steep pathway
    • Failure to fix broken sidewalks, paths, and walkways
    • Failure to replace torn carpeting
    • Leaving debris or spills on flooring
    • Failure to repair appliances or machinery that leaks liquids onto the flooring
    • Failure to maintain sturdy handrails and staircases
  • How Can Morgan and Morgan Slip and Fall Lawyers Help?

    Slip and fall accident statistics are surprising for some. However, that's not the case at Morgan and Morgan. We're very familiar with the damage this kind of accident can cause and how to pursue compensation from negligent parties. We'll work with you to determine the value of your claim and take the necessary steps to initiate and negotiate a settlement. If necessary, we can represent you in a trial. The amount of compensation you may be eligible for will depend on a variety of factors. Generally, the severity of your injuries will be a key consideration in the amount you can recover.

    Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 

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