Falls Can Be Very Dangerous for Older Adults

Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious and are not uncommon for people aged 65 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated1 that one out of five falls can cause a serious injury such as broken bones or head injury. These injuries can be extremely costly, as older people tend to require more rehabilitation and specialized treatment in order to heal properly.

Increased Age Increases The Likelihood of Injury

As we age, it takes longer for our bodies to heal from injuries. A healthy 12-year-old can fracture his leg and be fully healed in a matter of weeks, with no long-term effects. A 70-year-old who suffers from the same injury may take several months or even a year to year. Further, the 70-year-old runs the risk of long-term effects such as chronic pain or inability to walk for extended periods of time. Sadly, many older people tend to reduce their amount of exercise because they are afraid to fall over and injure themselves. This only increases the potential for injury.

Causes of Injuries. As we age, our bodies and minds deteriorate. Slip and fall injuries in older adults occur for many reasons:

  • Poor vision
  • Fragile bones
  • Poor posture control
  • Slow reaction time
  • Infrequent activity
  • Medication side effects
  • Malfunctioning of equipment (i.e. walker, cane, etc.)
  • Environmental hazards (water, ice, rugs, etc)
  • A combination of anything mentioned above

Types of Injury. Because our bodies deteriorate over time, the injuries associated with slip and fall injuries in older adults tend to be more serious. Examples of injuries include:

  • Hip fractures
  • Broken legs
  • Spinal injuries
  • Cuts or bruises
  • Head trauma or fractured skull
  • PTSD – after the injury occurs, people may be hesitant to walk anywhere again
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Recognizing When Negligence is the Cause of a Slip and Fall

Sometimes, slip and falls are unavoidable or our own fault. For example, if you forget to tie your shoes and trip over your laces, it is unlikely that you will be able to assert a claim against another person or party and recover compensation. On the other hand, if you are on someone else’s property and can show that the hazardous condition that caused your accident was the result of their negligence,2 it is likely that you will be able to obtain compensation for the losses you sustain. Examples of hazardous conditions that are often the result of negligence include exposed electrical wiring, debris in walkways, unmarked construction, icy walkways, uneven stairs, cracked pavement, stairwells without handrails, torn carpet, and slippery floors. Because it is not always clear whether a slip and fall accident is actionable, it is important to have every case reviewed by an attorney who is familiar with Florida personal injury law.

The Dolman Law Group – New Port Richey Personal Injury Lawyers Representing the Rights of Slip and Fall Victims

The injuries that can arise from falls can be serious and can have a significant impact on the life of an older individual. If you or someone you know has suffered injury from falling and the incident occurred in a public or private establishment, you may be entitled to recovery for your injuries. Contact the slip and fall attorneys of the Dolman Law Group at (727) 853-6275 today to discuss your claim. 

Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 853-6275