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Slip and Fall Statistics

As of 2010, Florida’s elderly population (adults age 65 and older) made up for 17.3% of the state’s population. Of this elderly population, slip and fall accidents are some of the most frequent causes of injury to these individuals.as of 2012, both fatal and non-fatal injuries were the leading cause of hospital admission for adults in this age range.

While Florida’s elderly population is the most frequently affected by slip and fall accidents, injuries from these accidents can affect anyone. Both adults and children alike are injured in slip and fall accidents occurring on a retailer’s property or in their own homes. These types of personal injury cases are best suited for experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you recover the damages you are owed.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Brevard County, then you may be hearing a lot of conflicting information with regards to your rights and what your next steps should be. To speak with a personal injury attorney with years of experience who can provide you with sound legal advice, call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to set up your free consultation.  

With offices conveniently located in Satellite Beach, James Coulter represents clients throughout the surrounding areas in Brevard County including Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

James Coulter also represents clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida.


Slip and Fall Statistics in Florida

In the state of Florida, slip and fall injuries are some of the most commonly reported injuries during hospital admission. Statistics from a 2012 Florida survey on slip and fall accidents resulting in hospitalization showed the following:

  1. As of 2012, 62,541 hospitalizations were due to non-fatal slip and fall related injuries. This is a 26.3 point increase since a 2008 study;  
  2. In 2012, a Florida study showed a total of 2,475 fatal slip and fall injuries;
  3. Medicare paid for 75% of reported injuries which received hospital attention;
  4. On average, the length of a hospital stay related to a slip and fall injury was 4 days; and
  5. The average cost for non-fatal slip and fall injuries receiving hospital care was $46,067.

Some of the most commonly affected groups for slip and fall injuries include the following:

  1. Men made up more than half (51%) of fatal slip and fall injuries;
  2. Women made up 65% of slip and fall related hospital admission;
  3. White men made up 88% of both fatal and non-fatal slip and fall related hospital admissions; and
  4. Non-white residents made up 399.5 out of every 100,000 reported non-fatal slip and fall hospital admissions.

Some of the most common types of injuries reported after a slip and fall accident include the following:

  1. Confusion;
  2. Bone fractures;
  3. Traumatic Brain Injury; and
  4. Broken Bones.

The most common types of activity where slip and fall accidents occur most frequently include the following:

  1. Skating in an ice skating rink;
  2. Playing on a playground;
  3. Climbing ladders;
  4. Tree climbing;
  5. Diving into pools;
  6. Slipping on manholes;
  7. Tripping off of sidewalk or curb;
  8. Falling off of an elevator;
  9. Falling in the bathroom;
  10. Falling off of a skateboard; and
  11. Falling off of a non-motorized scooter.

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Additional Resources

Florida Injury Facts for Unintentional Falls- Search the site for Florida’s Health Department for more information on fatal and non-fatal slip and fall accidents. This site provides information on the rising trends for slip and fall accidents, and its economic impact on the state of Florida.  

The Thread of Falls for Older Adults- Visit the site for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to find more information on reducing the risk of slip and falls for elderly individuals. Also, find information on what to do after a slip and fall accident as well as contributing factors increasing a person’s risk of being injured in a slip and fall accident.


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Find an Attorney for Slip and Fall Accidents in Satellite Beach, FL

If you or a loved one were injured due to a slip and fall accident in Satellite Beach, then your time is limited to take action against any at-fault parties. With offices conveniently located in Satellite Beach, James Coulter represents clients throughout the surrounding areas in Brevard County including Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, Cocoa, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

James Coulter is an experienced personal injury attorney representing clients in the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 today to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

This article was last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  

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