Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone almost anywhere. All it takes is a slippery, uneven or otherwise unexpected walking surface to lead to a fall.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the leading cause for emergency room visits. Every year over eight million people will end up in the hospital due to a fall, and women are more likely to die due to a slip and fall accident than men.
Slip and fall accidents are most common in individuals who are age 65 or older, and over 60% of people who die due to a fall are 75 years old or older. This population is also more likely to suffer serious injuries as a result of a fall. Falls in the home are most often slip and falls and not from elevated surfaces.
The most common injury from this type of accident is a fracture. The worst type of fracture is usually to the hip, which can lead to complications involving long-term health issues and lead to death. Many people who suffer a hip fracture will be unable to ever live independently again because they do not heal completely.
Slip and falls at work
Slip and fall accidents cause the most lost days of work. They are also the main reason for claims to workers’ compensation. Workers who are 55 years old or older are most likely to suffer a slip and fall accident at work.
Flooring materials contribute greatly to slip and fall accidents. Slippery floors are the most likely to cause a fall, but uneven floors or sudden changes in texture or slope can also cause falls.