Injury, Violence, & Safety
In California each year, injuries cause:
- over 15,000 deaths
- over 75,000 people to be permanently disabled
- over 300,000 Californians to be hospitalized
- one in four Californians to require some form of medical treatment
Injuries are among the most common threats to life and health. Fortunately, we are learning more and more about how to prevent them. Injuries range from the minor cuts, bruises, and burns we all experience to the tragic deaths we hear about on the news. Most people know about the “high profile” injuries, like those due to car crashes, dog bites, and senior falls. But injuries also include abuse and other forms of violence, drowning, poisonings, and even self-injury such as suicide. A variety of programs in the California Department of Public Health have information about injuries and how to prevent them.