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Millions of people around the world suffer injuries each year from slip and fall accidents. In some cases – such as incidents involving the elderly, disabled or infirm – even a seemingly minor event can be fatal or can lead to serious injury. Falling at the wrong angle can cause a life altering concussion. The wrong treatment can lead to soft tissue injuries that persist for years and require expensive, time-consuming rehab. Here are 10 facts about slips and falls that you may not have known – or at least fully appreciated – until now.
- Slip and fall accidents constitute the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits, accounting for a colossal 21.3 percent of admissions.
- Between 1992 and 1996, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the number of men fatally injured at work was more than twice the number of women who died from the aftereffects of a slip and fall.
- The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 15,000 seniors over age 65 died as a result of a fall in 2005.
- Floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
- In 2002, 22 percent of slip and falls resulted in 31 days or more of missed work, according to the BLS.
- Every year, one in three seniors over 65 years old will experience a fall.
- ITT-Hartford Insurance Company reports that falls account for 16 percent of all claims and 26 percent of all costs.
- The National Safety Council reported in 2003 that costs associated with employee slip and fall accidents amount to about $70 billion annually.
- Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by falls.
Have you been injured due to a slip or a fall? Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your claim and to obtain fall and complete compensation. Call 602-283-4122 for clarity about your case.