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What You Should Know About Slips And Seniors

Slip and fall accidents are incredibly common, and occur daily. Based on figures from the National Floor Safety Institute, roughly 1 million visits to the emergency room each year are related to a slip and fall accident. And while slips, trips, and falls are dangerous for anyone, it’s the elderly who are at particular risk of being injured in these accidents.

There are a lot of different things to consider and understand regarding slip and fall accidents and seniors, so let’s take a closer look at some of them.

The Dangers

First, let’s look at the increased risks associated with falls among seniors. Here are the primary reasons that it’s such a major problem:

  • Balance and mobility issues are more prevalent among older patients
  • Seniors who fall are more likely to be seriously injured in a fall
  • Falls that would cause injuries in a middle-aged person could directly lead to death for a senior
  • Recovery is much more difficult and takes longer among seniors.

In short, falls are a huge risk to seniors. Increased risks are associated with the simple fact that older people suffer issues like decreased muscle tone, reduced flexibility, reduced vision, and more. And they’re very prevalent – 30% of people over 65 years old will suffer some type of fall related injury each year.

The Causes

While most people assume that falls are the most common outside, the reality is that most senior related slip and falls occur indoors. Many falls occur in the home, but seniors who are out and about will often face a risk of a fall. Here are some of the primary causes of slips and falls:

  • Unsecured or loos rugs and floor coverings
  • Appliance cords in walking areas
  • Poor lighting
  • Shoddy handrails
  • Abrupt edges on walkways
  • Cracks and damage on walking areas
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Elevation changes

Injuries And Recovery

When a fall occurs, it can lead to a huge range of different injuries – especially among the elderly. From broken bones to bruises to cuts and abrasions, there are a wide range of injuries that one could suffer during a fall. But often, the physical recovery will take far longer for an older patient due to reduced immune function and other issues.

Making matters worse is the question of a financial burden. Falls can lead to huge medical bills and often cause a long-term problem. Surgeries are even directly related to many accidents in seniors, and as such the costs can climb even higher.

If a fall was an accident that nothing could have prevented, there’s little a senior can do to lessen this financial strain. But if the accident was related to the negligence or recklessness of another person, compensation could be owed. It’s important to remember that compensation is dependent upon fault, and this can be a complex subject. As such, it’s worth talking to an attorney if you or a loved one was involved in a slip and fall accident. They can help you determine what steps you have available to make it easier to overcome a financial hardship and move on with your life.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What You Should Know About Slips And Seniors

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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