The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that every second of the day, an older individual falls. As such, falls are the leading cause of death (as well as the frontrunner for nonfatal injuries) for Americans who are 65-years-old and above. 30,000 senior citizens die from injuries they sustain from falls every year and every one out of five fall victims experience a serious injury. Many of these fatal and nonfatal falls are preventable, but only by observing certain safety tips and precautions.
The CDC considers falls as a public health concern because of just how prevalent they are among aging individuals. In fact, every one out of four adults age 65 and older falls each year. Some of the most common injuries associated with falls include:
On average, 3 million adults age 65 and older fall each year. Women are more at risk for injuries related to falls than men are, and actually account for approximately three quarters of all fall-related hip fractures that occur annually. Other factors aside from gender contribute to increased fall-related risks too, such as having reduced mobility (or movement), impaired vision, reduced grip strength, and reduced strength in the lower extremities.
Despite what many people may say or believe, falls are not automatically a part of aging. Although older individuals are more likely to fall than younger people are, there are plenty of steps they can take to reduce their chances of this from happening. The CDC says there are four main ways that seniors can limit fall-related risks. They are:
Sometimes, falls happen because property owners fails to fulfill their legal obligation to remove slip, trip, and fall hazards that cause injuries. Slip and fall accidents like these can happen in a variety of places, such as private homes, workplaces, playgrounds, stores, restaurants, apartment complexes, parking lots, and more. In some cases, these falls occur in skilled nursing facilities, or nursing homes, due to a lack of supervision and proper care of patients. If you sustained injuries in a preventable slip and fall accident and want to learn more about your legal rights, someone at our firm can help. Contact a representative online now.
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