New U-M Injury Center fact sheet: Cost of Fatal Injuries in Michigan

June 3, 2017

According to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released in January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries created a significant economic burden for states in 2014. The report is the first study on the state-level economic burdens of injuries. Numbers and rates of fatal injuries, lifetime (medical and work-loss) costs, and lifetime costs per capita were calculated for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) for unintentional injuries and violence, including suicide and homicide.

In Michigan in 2014, a total of 6,652 injury deaths occurred and the associated lifetime medical and work-loss costs were $7.54 billion. More than half of the lifetime fatal injury costs ($4.34 billion) were due to unintentional injuries including drowning, falls, fires or burns, poisoning, suffocation, and motor vehicle crashes. To learn more about the costs of fatal injuries in Michigan and the implications for public health practice, click here to view the U-M Injury Center’s one page fact sheet summarizing the key findings from this report.