As people age the risk of being injured in a fall increases. Injuries that result from falls can range from mild bruises to serious head trauma, and may result in a significant emotional and physical toll. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year, and there are over 2 million visits to the emergency room for injuries sustained in these falls. If your fall was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover money damages. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact one of the personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith to have your case evaluated.
Hip Fractures in Older Adults
One of the most common types of injuries that occur from a fall in older adults is hip fractures. These injuries often result in long term problems with hip function, admission to a nursing home or assisted living community, and increased mortality. Due to our aging population, the number of hip fractures is likely to increase. The CDC provides the following data on hip fractures:
- There were more than 280,000 hospital admissions due to hip fracture for people 65 and older in 2007.
- 9 out of 10 hip fractures are caused by falling, most often falling sideways onto the hip.
- The rates of hip fracture in men over 85 and women over 75 declined significantly between 1990 and 2006. It is unclear why this is occurring.
- Medicare costs for hip fractures were around $2.9 billion in 1991.
Hip fractures pose significant risks to older adults. Many deaths that are attributable to falls result from complications that arise following a hip fracture. About 20 percent of people who sustain hip fractures die within a year of the injury. Treatment of a hip fracture usually includes surgery and hospitalization, normally followed by nursing home admission and rehabilitation. One quarter of people who were living independently before sustaining a hip fracture are living in a nursing home a year after their injury.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have fallen and suffered an injury, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. If the condition that caused your fall was one that another party was negligent in creating or not addressing, you may be able to sue them for any damages you suffered. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of experienced Fayette County personal injury attorneys that are dedicated to representing the legal rights of people injured in falls. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Atlanta attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.