Slip and fall accidents are common. Ask anyone and he or she has probably had one in the recent past. But how common are they? A look at the statistics may shock and surprise you.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Statistics:
- In 2007, nonfatal unintentional falls were the number two cause of injury in the United States; only auto accidents were more common.
- Over eight million Americans of all ages fell that year
- Over one million of these were injured; 17,000 died.
- There are two types of falls: elevated falls which are much less frequent, but cause more serious injuries, and same-level falls, by far the more common.
- Slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of accidents in homes, public buildings, and restaurants.
- These accidents account for 30 percent of all injuries in the home and on the job.
- 70 percent of slip and falls occur on flat, level surfaces.
- About 12 to 15 percent of all workers’ compensation claims are because of slip and falls.
- The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slips, trips and falls cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths and 57 percent of all disabling injuries on the job.
- The total cost per year of occupational slip, trip, and fall injuries is estimated at $6.7 billion.
- The total annual cost of all slip and fall injuries is over $60 billion.
- The average cost per accident is $22,800.
- The average workers’ compensation claim is $19,000.
- Slip and fall incidents cause more workplace deaths than all other causes combined.
- A full 40 percent of liability claims is related to slip and fall accidents.
If you have been injured in a Milwaukee slip and fall accident, chances are you have a lot of bills to pay and maybe not much income to pay them. If this sounds familiar, you may want to contact an Appleton Wisconsin attorney for slip and falls to discover your options to seek compensation. Call Hupy and Abraham today toll-free at 800-800-5678 for a free case consultation.