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If you slip and fall on someone else’s property because of their negligence, you should be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Don’t think you’ll have to deal with a slip and fall injury in the future or that if you do it won’t be that bad? Here are five statistics and facts that show how serious they can be.
Falls Accounted for More Than 36,000 Deaths in 2017
Judging by the number of fatal falls in recent years, it’s no surprise to see why slip and fall injuries are so serious. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional falls accounted for 36,338 deaths in 2017. That’s the population of a small city that dies because of injuries sustained in falls every year.
Slip and Fall Injuries Account for 1 Million Emergency Room Visits Every Year
Now that we’ve seen how serious falling injuries can be, it should be no surprise that a lot of people go to the emergency room because of them. More than a million people seek medical care at the emergency room every year because of slip and fall injuries. In the United States, about 2,000 people visit the emergency room for care because of a slip and fall. Slip and fall injuries account for 12 percent of all falling injuries that require a visit to the emergency room.
The Average Cost of an Injury Sustained during a Fall? $30-40K
Because so many slip and fall injuries require a visit to the emergency room, it should be no surprise that the average cost of care for such an injury is so high. According to the CDC, the average cost of hospital care for a falling injury is over $30,000. For most people, that much money would take decades to pay off out of pocket, if not longer. Many even have to declare bankruptcy. In total, hospital bills cost Americans about $34 billion annually.
The Average Amount of Work Missed after a Slip and Fall Is 11 Days
Visits to the hospital aren’t the only way that victims of slip and fall injuries lose money. They also miss a lot of work because they can’t work through their injuries. On average, workers injured in slip and fall accidents lose 11 days of work. For hourly workers, that can add up to quite a bit of lost income. Injuries can also lead to lower productivity, which can cost businesses, too.
Few Slip and Fall Cases Go to Trial
Many people are hesitant to seek legal compensation from those who are responsible for their slip and fall injuries because they are worried about going to trial and losing. But most slip and fall cases never see the inside of a courtroom. They are settled out of court.
Contact a Slip and Fall Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you need help recovering compensation for your slip and fall injuries, contact Pacin Levine Attorneys at Law to learn what steps you need to take next.