Slip and falls sound innocuous. How harmful can slipping really be? The answer often surprises people, and sometimes it surprises them after they experience a particularly devastating fall.
We’ve outlined some statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) to show how dangerous slip and falls can be. Let’s look at some of the numbers.
- More than 8 million people go to the emergency room every year because of a slip and fall. It’s the most common cause of hospital visits.
- Flooring issues cause more than 2 million falls every year.
- Women are more likely to suffer injuries from falling, but deaths from slip and falls are divided equally between men and women.
- The risks increase as you get older. People over 75 account for 60% of the deaths from slip and falls.
There are many more alarming statistics in the list from the NFSI. Many of the numbers focus on the elderly. The risk of a slip and fall goes up as you age, and the damage is often much worse.
However, slip and falls can happen to anyone. We always caution people to take slip and fall injuries seriously. If you experience a fall of any kind, you may be able to collect damages. You should also monitor your injuries, as some can manifest slowly and you may not know you are injured right away.
Don’t let the simple sounding title of slip and fall fool you, these are potentially devastating accidents.