by Meagan Dorsch
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one year's worth of injuries has an estimated lifetime cost of $406 billion
in medical expenses and lost productivity. Nearly 50 million injuries occur each year, placing a staggering burden on the U.S. health care system. State budgets share this burden through Medicaid, state employee health benefits, health care for the uninsured, child welfare services, and lost tax revenue from the injured and their caregivers.
In this edition of The Buzz, Megan Forman of NCSL joins us to talk about unintentional injuries. These are caused by falls, poisoning and motor vehicle crashes. Violence-
related injuries result from homicide, domestic violence, and child abuse. All are
Megan also explains why states share in the cost of preventable injuries and what you can do to keep yourself safe.