According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 8.9 million Americans visit the emergency room every year due to injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents. Though people of any age may suffer injuries when they slip, trip, or fall down, statistics show that Americans aged 65 and older may suffer particularly severe injuries. Specifically, hip fractures are possibly the most prevalent injury suffered by elderly Americans who slip and fall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 258,000 people in the U.S. over the age of 65 were admitted to hospitals for fractured hips in 2010 alone. Falling down was the number one cause for such hip fractures. Most often, the victim would fall to the side and land directly on their hip. Falls took place in a wide variety of locations, including the victim’s home, stores, other public places, nursing homes, or even within the hospitals themselves.