Falling is a common accident sustained by older adults every year. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions (one out of every three people age 65 and older) suffer injuries from a fall each year. Some injuries are mild – bruises. Others are far more severe, causing traumatic brain injuries and hip fractures.
What’s worse, the CDC reports that the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries are falls among the over 65 crowd. In fact, in 2013 alone, 2.5 million older people were treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States for falls.
Sometimes, falls happen and no one is to blame. The person lost their footing or they felt dizzy and passed out. However, when a fall is caused by someone’s negligence, the accident victim has a right to be compensated for their injuries and to hold the careless person responsible for their mistake.
Preventable Slip & Fall Accidents
- Snow or ice that wasn’t cleared from a sidewalk
- Uneven pavement
- Potholes or crack in sidewalk
- Slick floors from mopping
- Spills in the supermarket
- Falling down stairs because of broken or missing handrail
In addition to sustaining serious brain injuries, when elderly people fall, they are most likely to break a hip, arm, leg, ankle, hand or even their spine. A slip & fall or trip and fall injury can even be life-threatening for an older accident victim. The CDC reports that, in 2013, over 25,000 people over age 65 died from fall injuries.
Prevent slip and fall accidents in the home by adding safety bars in the bathroom, reducing trip hazards such as rugs or carpet that don’t lay flat, and add better lighting to make it easier for an older person to navigate the space.
If your loved one has fallen and suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Team Law today for free. We will investigate what happened and fight for maximum financial compensation for your family.