At an older age, it is important to review the fall-related risks that you face on a daily basis and understand how a fall could affect your life. Every year, many older adults fall down, and these accidents result in far too many life-altering injuries. In some instances, falls even result in the loss of life, and older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to falling down.
In the wake of a fall, you need to go over factors that contributed to the accident. For example, you have to determine if another party’s negligence played a role in your fall.
Statistics on falls among those over 65
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covered falls among older adults, and they say that falls involving those 65 and over accounted for three million emergency department visits throughout 2019. In addition, falls claimed the lives of more than 34,000 older adults in 2019, more than any other type of injury-related death. Each year, falls involving older adults result in $50 billion worth of medical expenses.
The impact of a fall as an older adult
If you fall down on an icy sidewalk, trip over clutter or become hurt after falling due to broken stairs or a defective handrail, you could sustain significant injuries. From hip fractures to brain damage and other injuries, a fall could affect your mobility, result in financial problems and cause high levels of physical pain and emotional distress.
It is pivotal to take a close look at the details surrounding an accident after falling down, and stand up for your rights if a negligent business owner or careless property owner is responsible.