Slip and fall accidents in Arkansas are among the most common causes of ER visits in the state. It’s estimated that nationwide roughly 1 million emergency department visits are because of injuries suffered in a fall. And while the majority of a slip and fall accidents result in minor bruising and maybe some scraped flesh, at least 5% of people break bones when they fall. In addition, head trauma (specifically traumatic brain injury—or TBI—like concussion) is a serious risk as well. And you can expect to compound any of those injuries if the victim is older than 65. But none of those statistics really speak to the true financial costs associated with slip and fall accidents.
Hospital Bills Aren’t the Only Drain on Your Finances
At least one source estimates that medical expenses alone from slip and fall accidents across the country cost Americans roughly $34 billion every year. And that’s just the direct medical expenses. That figure doesn’t take into account:
- Physical therapy and other post-ER treatment
- Lost wages (due to missing work)
- Prescription costs (pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory medications are all commonly prescribed)
- Various and sundry expenses (like travel to and from doctor visits) that add up daily