Slip & Fall Facts

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How Much Does A Slip & Fall Accident Cost….

images-LegalScaleAccording to the National Safety Council there are nine million disabling slip and fall injuries every year; that’s 25,00 each day.  This accounts for 95 million lost workdays per year, representing around 3.5 million dollars per hours every day of the year.  Human suffering, time lost, escalating Workman’s Compensation and liability insurance, as well as lawyers fee, have prompted the federal government to address this tremendous problem.  Recently enacted federal legislation provides the potential for enormous fines for businesses with injuries due to slip and fall accidents.


  • Slip and fall accidents are second on the list of accidents, right after the car accidents. The reports of slip and fall show that an increasing number of people in restaurants, hotels, motels, fitness centers and various other public buildings fall prey to such type of accidents.
  • Slips and falls are the single most common reason for visits to the emergency room.
  • Reports by OSHA, ADA and other accepted industry agencies show that most of the tile floors, bathtubs and showers can be categorized as either dangerous or very dangerous.
  • In a 2002 report, 22% of slip and fall injuries resulted in more than 31 days away from work.– Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • More than 3 million food service industry employees and over 1 million guests are injured in slip and fall accidents each year.– Study released by CNA Insurance in June 2007
  • In hotels, restaurants and other public places slip and fall accidents are the main reason for injury. Almost 70 percent of the accidents happen in the flat and level places.

dollar-rollThe bottom line for businesses …

  • The financial impact of a slip and fall accident can range from minor inconvenience to massive liability, depending on the circumstances. The National Floor Safety Institute estimates that the average cost of a slip and fall workers compensation claim is $4,000, and the average liability award for injury to a customer or other third party runs from $60,000 to $100,000 per claim.
  • Of foodservice premises verdicts, 41 percent were between $10,000 and $99,999, and 47% were between $100,000 and $5 million.
  • The mean verdict was $85,840 and the average was $397,000 – Personal Injury in the Hospitality Industry, JVR2000·
  • A full 53% of all workers’ compensation claims and public liability suits against supermarkets resulted from injuries sustained as a result of slip and fall accidents. Food Marketing Institute (FMI) study


  • There are 13 million injuries annually due to slip and fall accidents, including 16,000 deaths. The average settlement for a slip and fall claim is $3,900 and litigation can cost up to $100,000. – The National Safety Council, reported in 2001
  • The restaurant industry spends more than $2 billion on slip and fall injuries each year and those injuries are increasing at a rate of 10% each year. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI)