Reports Show Slip and Falls Cost Over 60 Billion Annually
Did you know that the second most common cause of death in the United States is a slip and fall, just after a motor vehicle crash? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a total of 15% of all accidental deaths in the US are due to a slip and fall.
Over one million Americans will seek emergency room treatment for a slip and fall according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
Slip and fall incidents can become extremely costly, not to mention painful for those who experience one. The most common injuries that occur from slip and falls are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand. Hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the most significant health problems, and can even lead to death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are approximately 17,000 slip and fall fatalities each year in the United States.
Safety standards already in place
Property management and business owners should make sure that their properties are safe and well-maintained, whether the property in question is a residence, business, or a community area. If they are negligent in their duties, you should not have to pay for their carelessness.
When it comes to slip and fall incidents in retail spaces, more than half of all slip and falls occur on what can be considered ‘a dangerous walkway’. In 2009, a series of five new walkway safety standards developed that can aid retailers in avoiding future slip and falls. According to OSHA, there were over 6,000 citations given to businesses for failing to meet required standards for fall protection in 2015. It is critical that these safety codes are not violated.
Common causes of slip and falls
- Wet floors
- Uneven or faulty flooring
- Poorly maintained public areas
- Unsafe stairways due to narrowness
- Construction area falls due to unsafe practices, such as unguarded utility holes
- Loose handrails
- Lowlighting that causes difficulties with vision
Here are a few eye-openers on the severity of slip and falls
- Total cost of slip and fall injuries in the United States is over 60 billion annually
- Slip and falls account for over 300,000 disabling injuries per year.
- 25% slip and fall injuries most frequently reported a work injury
- An estimated 20 – 30% of people who experience a slip and fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries;
- There are 25,000 on the job slip and fall injuries per day
You’ve been injured in a slip and fall, now what?
Wait at the scene where your slip and fall occurred to receive medical attention or fill out an incident report. Not all injuries are noticeable at the moment; keep chatter to a minimum and refrain from discussing how the fall happened or making demands.
Contact a slip and fall attorney to guide you on the right path. Keep in mind not all injuries will be noticeable at the moment so you will want someone who has a track record in slip and fall cases.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall, someone else may be held accountable. Our slip and fall attorneys have the experience and resources to get you the compensation for the cost of medical care, lost wages, and additional damages. We care, we can help.
Contact us today.
- Written by Jill Fowler