It’s an unfortunate but true fact that many people severely injure themselves through slips and falls every single day. A serious slip or trip can prevent an individual from being able to work again, and in some extreme cases, even walk again.
If you or someone you know has slipped or tripped and the result has caused an injury, there is a chance that a lawsuit can be filed and the owner or occupier of the location in which you slip can be held responsible. If you think that you have grounds for a lawsuit, in the meantime, let’s take a look at some statistical information on slip and fall cases.
Slips and Falls
In terms of gender, fall fatalities are almost equally divided between both men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident in their lifetime. In terms of work related slips or falls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
Hospital Emergency Room
Have you ever wondered how some of the people in the emergency room have ended up there? Well, falls account for over 8 million hospital visits a year. And when someone falls, 5% of them will fracture a bone in their body.
Of all fractures from slips and falls, hip fractures are the most serious and lead to the greatest health problems and number of deaths in the elderly. Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall. Half of which are repeat fallers and of which are fatal.