The Risks of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
Slips, trips, and falls are responsible for more than 8 million emergency room visits per year. Many of these accidents occur in the home, which may explain why children and the elderly are the most common victims of slip and fall injuries.
Falls Among The Elderly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, as many as one in three adults over age 65 will suffer a slip and fall accident. Around twenty to thirty percent of those individuals will suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as:
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Dislocated Joints
Older adults can help prevent slip and fall accidents by exercising regularly (the National Safety Council suggests participating in Tai Chi), removing clutter and other trip hazards from the home, and having their vision checked regularly.
Slips, Trips, and Falls Involving Children
Besides the elderly, children under age 5 are the next demographic most at risk of suffering a slip and fall. The CDC reports that as many as 8,000 children visit the emergency room each day for injuries stemming from falls. That’s 2.8 million emergency room visits each year!
It’s important to protect children from fall hazards by removing hazardous conditions from the home and supervising your children at all times.
Get Help Now
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, help is available. The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers are available to answer your questions. Give us a call at (314) 499-1190 today.