Falls are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States today. While everyone is at risk for falls, certain groups are more at risk than others. One of these groups is people over the age of 65; this group is more at risk for falls and also to sustain an injury as a result of a fall. While some falls are part of life and unavoidable, others are due to someone else’s negligence. When this occurs, the responsible party may be legally responsible for any medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss future earnings you sustain, among other potential damages. If you believe that your fall may have been due to someone else’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing the rights of people injured in falls and is available to consult with you at no cost.
How falling affects older adults
According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one third of adults over the age of 65 fall each year, but less than half discuss the fall with a healthcare provider. Falls area serious problem for people over 65, and are the leading cause of death for this age group. In addition, they are the primary cause of nonfatal injury as well as hospital admissions due to trauma. In 2010 alone, over 2 million older adults were treated in emergency rooms due to injuries sustained in falls. A significant number of these injuries were serious enough to require hospitalization; out of these 2 million, over 600,000 were admitted to the hospital due to their injuries. Falls among the older population also have a tremendous cost when it comes to medical treatment. In 2010 alone, the direct cost of falls, adjusted for inflation, was $30 billion.
As our population ages, it is important to be aware of how falls can affect older adults. Because the outcomes can be so severe, it is important to take all possible precautions to avoid falls in older adults.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall that you believe was caused by someone else, you may have a claim for legal compensation. In order to determine whether you can bring suit, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Fayette County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These types of claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a claim can be brought. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are made up of dedicated Fayette County personal injury attorneys who are available to help you with your claim. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (770) 487-8999.