You may be surprised to learn how common serious slip and fall accidents are in the United States. You may be even more surprised to find how much the average slip and fall accident costs the victim.

Slip and Fall Statistics

In some ways, a slip and fall accident doesn't sound serious - and, many times, we fall down and only come away with a few scrapes, bruises, or scratches. However, many people are shocked to discover how many people are seriously injured in slip and fall accidents as well as how expensive these injuries can be. Slips and fall premises liability cases can happen out on the street, at work, in a store, at a construction site, or even on private property.

Here are some basic slip and fall statistics, taken from the National Safety Council and the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Over one million people in the United States experience a significant slip, trip, or fall each year.
  • An average of 17,000 Americans die from their slip and fall accidents
  • Falls account for one quarter of serious injuries in the workplace.
  • The most frequently injuries incurred from all are back, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and knee injuries. In general, joint injuries are most common.
  • A death from an on-the-job slip and fall is estimated to cost an average of $940,000 - on top of the victim's family's loss and trauma.
  • Slips and falls are the third largest cause of workplace injuries.
  • Slips and falls are the single most common reason for visits to the emergency room.
  • The average cost of a slip and fall injury is $28,000, including medical bills, physical therapy, and missed wages.
  • Slips and falls are the number two cause of accident death and disability, following behind automobile accidents.
  • Slips and falls lead to 104 million lost workdays per year in North America - that's 4,000 lifetimes!  
  • Seventy percent of slips and falls occur on level ground.
  • Trip and fall injuries cost the US $36 billion each year.
  • Slip and fall accidents kill more workers than all other on-the-job fatalities combined.
  • 55 percent of those over 40 have suffered a debilitating slip and fall accident during their lifetimes.


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