Falls can cause significant injuries to even the youngest, healthiest individuals. But, for seniors, it could cause seriously debilitating injuries. In some cases, slip and fall accidents can even be fatal. According to the New York Times, the number of senior deaths from slip and fall injuries is on a disturbing rise.
Whether you are enjoying your senior years for yourself or you are taking care of aging loved ones, there are a few things you need to know about slip and fall accidents.
Falls are the Leading Cause of Fatal Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control have reported that the leading cause for fatal injuries in senior citizens is due to slip and fall injuries.
2012: 24,000 Deaths
In 2012, it was reported that over 24,000 deaths were attributed to slip and fall accidents of individuals over the age of sixty-five. That number has doubled from what was initially reported in 2002.
2.4 Million ER Visits in 2012
In 2012, there were over 2.4 million ER visits occurring due to slip and fall injuries – and this is just for senior citizens alone. This is a 50 percent increase from ten years ago.
How to Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries at Home
Most slip and fall injuries happen in the home – and are accidents that could be prevented. Some ways you can prevent a slip and fall in your own home include:
- Installing adequate lighting, especially in kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.
- Using impact-resistant flooring to prevent the damage done during a fall.
- Using non-skid floor mats, especially in bathrooms and kitchens where floors are prone to spills.
- Using handrails throughout the home for seniors to use for stability.
Slip and Falls Could be Grounds for a Lawsuit
A slip and fall may be eligible for a personal injury lawsuit, especially if that accident was due to the negligence of another party. For example, a slip in fall in a grocery store because of spills or slick flooring or ice that was not removed from sidewalks.
Consult with an Attorney Today
Because of the extensive damage that may occur, including the medical bills and lengthy recovery times, you could have a personal injury case in your loved ones or your own slip and fall. Contact the West Palm Beach Slip & Fall Lawyers at Sternberg Law Offices at 561-687-5660 for a free consultation.