While all of us are at risk of sustaining injuries due to falls, older adults are at a particularly high risk. When an older adult falls, the injuries can be very serious and sometimes even life-threatening. When falls occur because of someone else’s negligence, the law allows victims to recover for their losses through a personal injury lawsuit. There are many possible ways a fall may be due to negligence, such as wet floors, debris, poor lighting conditions, or uneven flooring. The best way to determine whether you have a legal claim because of a fall is to have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated injury advocates who understand how to hold people who cause falls responsible.
Fortunately for older adults, there are clear and definite steps that people can take to reduce the risk of falling. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some ways that older adults can reduce their risk of falling include:
- Regular exercise focusing on leg strength and balance. This can significantly reduce the risk of an older adult from falling and can also help maintain mobility and independence.
- Make sure that the medications they take are not causing dizziness or balance issues, either independently or when used together.
- Make sure that that all eye exams and eyeglasses prescriptions are up to date.
- Make sure that all living areas are safe and free from debris or other tripping hazards.
These are just a few of the ways in which a person can reduce their risk of falling. In the unfortunate event that fall does occur, it is important to undergo a thorough medical evaluation to make sure that your injuries are properly documented and diagnosed.
Contact a Clayton County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.