Over a million people require emergency room visits every year after a slip and fall accident. This means, over two thousand slip and fall accidents a day occur in the United States. A serious fall causes about 8 million emergency room visits a year, and of all those ER visits, about 12% were caused by a slip and fall.
Five percent of slip and fall accidents will involve broken bones. Slip and fall accident victims have a five percent chance of breaking a bone. A slip and fall accident also causes a severe injury in about 20-30% percent of cases.
$30,000 to $40,000 is the average cost of a slip and fall. The average hospital bill to treat a slip and fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is over $30,000. Other sources place the average cost as high as $48,000.
Falls are the most common cause of a brain injury. The most common way of suffering a brain injury is to suffer a fall. Brain injuries are devastating and can have lifelong effects that are complicated to diagnose and treat.
About one third of adults over the age of 65 fall every year. In general, the older a person gets, the more likely they are to suffer a fall, and the more severe an accident will be. Over 60% of nursing home residents fall once a year.
Slip and falls are a common cause of serious injury for everyone. Slip and falls are more common and dangerous for the elderly, but they’re also a leading cause of injury for others. Slip and falls are a common cause of non-fatal injuries for every age group except those between the ages of 10 and 24. For people between the ages of 10 and 24, a slip and fall is the second most common cause of non-fatal injuries.