Every year in the United States, a third of people age 65 or older will suffer an accidental fall, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. 50% of that population will experience at least one repeat fall. The chance that you may experience a fall goes up with each new decade of life, and those falls can be more dangerous than you may think. Falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death for Americans who are 65-84 years old, and are the number one cause of injury-related death for Americans age 85 and up.
Injuries from accidental falls have become a huge health crisis for elderly Americans. Slip-and-falls can happen anywhere, not just on stairs or inclines. In fact, the majority of fall injuries in the home occur on even surfaces and at ground level. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that flooring materials are the direct cause of over 2 million falls on an annual basis. If you experience a fall due to uneven flooring or another unsafe condition, a Cowetta County slip-and-fall attorney may help determine whether you can recover for your injuries.
Injuries from slip-and-falls can be severe. 87% of fractures among people 65 years and older result from falls; hip fractures tend to be the most serious fractures, and can lead to significant health problems and even death. 50% of elderly Americans who are hospitalized due to hip fractures are unable to live independently in their homes after the injury. Almost half of all nursing home admissions are the ultimate result of falls and, furthermore, 60% of nursing home residents will suffer a fall themselves. Falls are also a leading cause of spinal cord and brain injuries, which can cause physical or mental incapacitation, respectively. Often, after a fall, an elderly person must leave their home, possibly be separated by loved ones, give up driving privileges, likely require a wheelchair or walker for mobility purposes, and sometimes will need permanent care.
As demonstrated here, an accidental fall can significantly and likely permanently impact an elderly person’s life. A fall cause can displacement from your home, astronomical medical costs, and possibly nursing home costs for the remainder of your life. If the accidental fall was the result of faulty floor materials the home or other unsafe conditions outside of the home, calling a Coweta County personal injury attorney can help you to recover for your injuries. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is here to assist you in your case, and please do not hesitate to call us at (770) 487-8999.