2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W10

Fall on and from stairs and steps

    2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
  • W10 should not be used for reimbursement purposes as there are multiple codes below it that contain a greater level of detail.
  • The 2020 edition of ICD-10-CM W10 became effective on October 1, 2019.
  • This is the American ICD-10-CM version of W10 - other international versions of ICD-10 W10 may differ.
ICD-10-CM Coding Rules
  • W10 describes the circumstance causing an injury, not the nature of the injury.
Type 1 Excludes
Type 1 Excludes Help
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes. It means "not coded here". A type 1 excludes note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as W10. A type 1 excludes note is for used for when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • Fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow (
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W00.1

    Fall from stairs and steps due to ice and snow

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
The following code(s) above W10 contain annotation back-references
Annotation Back-References
In this context, annotation back-references refer to codes that contain:
  • Applicable To annotations, or
  • Code Also annotations, or
  • Code First annotations, or
  • Excludes1 annotations, or
  • Excludes2 annotations, or
  • Includes annotations, or
  • Note annotations, or
  • Use Additional annotations
that may be applicable to W10:
  • V00-Y99
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range V00-Y99

    External causes of morbidity

    • This chapter permits the classification of environmental events and circumstances as the cause of injury, and other adverse effects. Where a code from this section is applicable, it is intended that it shall be used secondary to a code from another chapter of the Classification indicating the nature of the condition. Most often, the condition will be classifiable to Chapter 19, Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (S00-T88). Other conditions that may be stated to be due to external causes are classified in Chapters I to XVIII. For these conditions, codes from Chapter 20 should be used to provide additional information as to the cause of the condition.
    External causes of morbidity
  • W00-W19
    2020 ICD-10-CM Range W00-W19

    Slipping, tripping, stumbling and falls

    Type 1 Excludes
    • assault involving a fall (Y01-Y02)
    • fall from animal (V80.-)
    • fall (in) (from) machinery (in operation) (W28-W31)
    • fall (in) (from) transport vehicle (V01-V99)
    • intentional self-harm involving a fall (X80-X81)
    Type 2 Excludes
    • at risk for fall (history of fall) Z91.81
    • fall (in) (from) burning building (X00.-)
    • fall into fire (X00-X04, X08)
    Slipping, tripping, stumbling and falls
Code History
  • 2016 (effective 10/1/2015): New code (first year of non-draft ICD-10-CM)
  • 2017 (effective 10/1/2016): No change
  • 2018 (effective 10/1/2017): No change
  • 2019 (effective 10/1/2018): No change
  • 2020 (effective 10/1/2019): No change
Code annotations containing back-references to W10:
  • Type 1 Excludes: W00
    ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W00

    Fall due to ice and snow

      2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Non-Billable/Non-Specific Code
    • pedestrian on foot falling (slipping) on ice and snow
    Type 1 Excludes
    • fall on (from) ice and snow involving pedestrian conveyance (V00.-)
    • fall from stairs and steps not due to ice and snow (W10.-)
ICD-10-CM Codes Adjacent To W10
W09.1XXD …… subsequent encounter
W09.1XXS …… sequela
W09.2 Fall on or from jungle gym
W09.2XXA …… initial encounter
W09.2XXD …… subsequent encounter
W09.2XXS …… sequela
W09.8 Fall on or from other playground equipment
W09.8XXA …… initial encounter
W09.8XXD …… subsequent encounter
W09.8XXS …… sequela
W10 Fall on and from stairs and steps
W10.0 Fall (on)(from) escalator
W10.0XXA …… initial encounter
W10.0XXD …… subsequent encounter
W10.0XXS …… sequela
W10.1 Fall (on)(from) sidewalk curb
W10.1XXA …… initial encounter
W10.1XXD …… subsequent encounter
W10.1XXS …… sequela
W10.2 Fall (on)(from) incline
W10.2XXA …… initial encounter

Reimbursement claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 require the use of ICD-10-CM codes.