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Preventing Hip Fractures in Older Adults

Hip fractures are a common injury for older adults, and often result from a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that in 2007, there were more than 280,000 people 65 and over admitted to the hospital for hip fractures. Falls account for more than 90 percent of hip fractures, mostly from falling sideways onto the hip. When people fall because of other someone else’s negligence, they may be able to sue the responsible party or parties for any damages they may sustain. These can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, or destruction of property, just to name a few.  The Law Offices of Shane Smith are experienced personal injury attorneys who are available to evaluate your claim at no charge.

Preventing hip fractures

Hip fractures can be very serious and require hospitalization and long term medical care. As a result, it is important that people at risk for hip fractures take appropriate steps to reduce the risk of sustaining one. Women sustain 75 percent of all hip fractures, and white women are much more likely to sustain a hip fracture than African-American or Asian women. There is a strong correlation with the likelihood of sustaining a hip fracture and age; people over 85 are more than 10 times more likely to sustain one than people between 60 and 65. People with osteoporosis are at an increased risk of sustaining a hip fracture. Fortunately, there are steps that a person can take to reduce their risk of sustaining a hip fracture:

  • Regular exercise focusing on leg strength and balance. The CDC recommends Tai Chi as a particularly effective form of exercise.
  • Be aware of whether your medications may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Also, ask your physician if there are any interactions between any of the medications you are taking.
  • Have your eyesight checked at least once a year. Make sure that you eyeglasses are the right prescription, and consider getting a pair of glasses with single vision lenses for outdoor activities.
  • Make safety improvements to your environment: add grab bars inside and outside of the bathtub or shower and by the toilet, make sure your home is well lit, add stair railings, and remove any tripping hazards in your home.
  • Make sure you get enough Vitamin D
  • Engage in weight bearing exercises
  • Get screened or treated for osteoporosis

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If you have sustained a hip fracture that you believe may have be caused by someone else’s negligence, you should contact an experienced Fayette County injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, or property damage that you may have incurred. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith, contact us today at (703) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia