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All Violent Deaths, Table 2

Cost Estimates of Violent Deaths: Figures and Tables

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Footnote: *Total cost estimates have been rounded to the nearest $1,000.
**For definitions of injury mechanisms by ICD-10 external-cause-of-injury codes based on the underlying cause of death, see
†Suicide includes deaths among persons aged 10 years and older because intent can be difficult to determine for those younger than age 10.
‡Legal intervention is defined as injuries inflicted by the police or other legal authority during law enforcement activities, such as injuries inflicted while arresting or attempting to arrest someone, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and other legal actions in the line of duty.

In 2005, the total combined cost of suicide ($26.7 billion) was greater than the total combined costs of homicide ($20 billion) and legal intervention ($455 million). However, the average homicide was more costly to society than the average suicide, with average combined costs of $1.1 million and $819,000, respectively. Firearm-related injuries represented 58% of all violent deaths and accounted for $27.7 billion in total medical and work loss costs. Suffocation and poisoning were the next two highest-ranking mechanisms of violent death, with a total combined cost of $7.8 billion and $4.6 billion, respectively.

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