Sharks, toilets, cheerleaders & statistics »

It’s been said you can prove any argument using statistics. It’s also been said that 78% of statistics are made up.  How much faith you put in them is as subjective as the source they were drawn from.

Here at 3CA, we of course left no stone unturned in investigating the following insurance related statistics.  Our teams worked diligently into the night, pawing over page after page of historical records to ensure each fact stood up to the rigours of our scrutiny. We traced back each case, personally visiting many of the claimants. Verification was sought with medical centres, governmental authorities, the world health organisation, APRA, ASIC and the girl from the AAMI advert, just so you can be sure these stats can be relied on …ok, we looked on the internet for a while.

It’s said that most accidents happen at home, so let’s start with claims made in relation to accidents with household items. In Australia, last year alone, 8 people were injured by placemats, 13 sustained sauce bottle injuries, 5 were wounded by dustpans, 8 suffered as a result of a breadbin accident, 5 were hurt by sieves, 14 fell afoul of a serving trolley, 17 were treated for injuries caused by a draught excluder, 476 people were injured while on the toilet and 11 people were hurt putting their underwear on. The statistics around how many claimants were drunk and how many were engaging in ‘adult’ experimentation is as yet unknown.

How about some life insurance statistics? For the more nervous amongst you, here are some mortal odds to ponder on.  1 in 30 million people have a chance of dying by being murdered. The risk of choking to death is 1 in 120 million, and the risk of dying by tea cosy is 1 in 20 billion. There is, however, a 1 in 257,000 chance of you dying today, while reading this blog. For some perspective, you’re fifty times more likely to die in the next 10 minutes than you are to win the lottery.

Where oh where can I find statistics on toilet related injuries I hear you ask? You didn’t? Well here they are anyway. Roughly 43000 injuries caused by toilets were reported in the US last year. The total of deaths caused by toilets since records began? 2200, roughly the same as the amount of people killed by sharks.

Ok, a less dark topic?  Nearly, what’s the most dangerous sporting activity for women? Well it’s probably Russian roulette, but we’ll stay in the realm on legal sporting activities for now. Athletics? Female boxing? Judo? Rock climbing? Actually no, it is high school cheerleading that has accounted for 65.1 percent of all catastrophic sports injuries among high school females over the past 25 years, according to an annual report released Monday by the National Centre for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. It’s seen a rise in insurers offering specialised products covering this unique activity. So constant reader, take a look at the following clips of some cheerleading related fails & please let us know of any strange claims you’ve come across…names should be changed to protect the stupid.


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