The Millar Law Firm represents injured slip and fall accident victims in Atlanta and in surrounding areas throughout Georgia. We believe it is important for everyone to understand how many slip and fall accidents occur and who faces the highest risk. These slip and fall facts and figures can provide you with key information on the dangers of slipping and falling.
Who is at Risk for a Slip and Fall?
Unfortunately, everyone young and old is potentially at risk of a fall injury. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 2.3 million trips to the emergency room for treatment for non-fatal fall injuries, many of which resulted from slips and falls. In more than 662,000 of these injury cases, the adult was admitted into the hospital.
Although the National Business Group on Health indicates that falls were the leading cause of injury for people of all ages between 1997 and 2007, certain groups are at greater risk than others.
- The elderly – According to the CDC, each year one out of three adults ages 65 and older suffers a fall; many of these are slips and falls. Fewer than half of these adults tell their doctors or healthcare providers.
- Women – The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that women more often suffer a slip-and-fall incidents and accidents then men, although men are more likely to suffer a fall of some type.
- Workers – Slips and falls are common in all sectors, especially manufacturing and service sectors. Slips and falls are the top cause of compensable injuries within the trucking field, NFSI says.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
Slip-and-fall accidents often happen in unexpected locations. Some of the most common places for slips and falls include:
- At home – The CDC reports that slip-and-fall accidents commonly occur in the bathroom. Each year, over 200,000 adults experience injury in the bathroom requiring a trip to the hospital; residents of nursing homes are also frequently injured.
- On slippery floors – The NFSI indicates that floors and flooring materials are a contributing factor in more than 2 million falls every year.
- At work – About 16 percent of workers’ compensation claims and 26 percent of workers’ comp costs are attributed to employees’ slipping on slick floors, the NFSI says.
- In nursing homes – Each year, an estimated 60 percent of nursing home residents will suffer some type of fall; many of these are slips and falls, according to the NFSI.
- On escalators – Between 1992 and 2003, 16 people were killed after they fell on an escalator, according to the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights.
- On stairs – The Church Mutual Insurance Group reports that the majority of falls that occur at worship centers – a full 90 percent – happen on stairs.
- At grocery stores – Consolidated Floor Safety reports that most general insurance liability claims made by grocery stores arise out of slip-and-fall claims. Shopping malls and department stores are also common sites for slips and falls.
- At restaurants – An average restaurant has anywhere between three and nine slip-and-fall accidents every year, Consolidated Floor Safety says.
- In hotels and public buildings – Slips and falls are the top cause of injury in these locations, according to Consolidated Floor Safety.
What are the Consequences of Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slips and falls are expensive. The CDC indicates that the direct medical cost was $30 billion in 2010 to treat all types of falls. Slip and Trip and Fall claims carry hidden costs, such as lost time from work and non-economic losses, including painful disability, from either temporary or permanent injury.
Falls are expensive because they often cause serious injury. Some of the common results of falls include:
- Fractures – According to the CDC, one-third of elderly adults over 65 suffered a fracture after falling in the bathroom. The NFSI also indicates that falls cause 87 percent of all fractures among those 65 and older.
- Death – Slip and Trip and Falling are the number one leading cause of injury leading to death for adults ages 65 and older. (CDC)
- Traumatic brain injury – 46 percent of fall fatalities in 2000 resulted from traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC.
- Spinal cord injury – Falls are the second leading cause of spinal injury among people over 65, the NFSI says.
Hospitalization is very common after a slip and fall. In fact, approximately one million people each year visit the emergency room as a result of a slip-and-fall accident, the NFSI reports.
The CDC indicates that 38 percent of adults ages 85 and up who slipped and fell in the bathroom were hospitalized due to their injuries.
A Colorado State University study, “Preventing Falls in the Elderly,” reported that approximately 50 percent of senior citizens who suffer a fall will go to a nursing home afterwards and will never be able to return home.
Contact an Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
When a fall accident occurs, there is often a third party to blame. A store, restaurant, nursing home or any other property owner that created or permitted dangerous conditions can potentially be held legally liable for a slip and fall that occurred as a result.
To recover compensation for a slip-and-fall accident, you will need to prove that the defendant you are taking action against was negligent or careless in breach of the legal duty owed to you.
An experienced Atlanta slip-and-fall lawyer at The Millar Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have extensive experience with fall accidents. We can put our legal knowledge and skill to work to help you.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 404-620-4301 or use our online form.