Slip and Fall Injuries and the Elderly

It’s almost de rigeur to make fun of “slip and fall injuries” and their place in the personal injury law field. The reality, however, isn’t funny. The CDC website states that one-third of adults over 65 fall annually; in 2007, 18,000 died. For the elderly, falling is no laughing matter.

Why Do the Elderly Fall?

As people age, they suffer sensory impairments, such as poor eyesight, loss of depth perception, and loss of balance. If they are sedentary, they lose muscle tone, coordination, and general fitness. Common medications, like anti-hypertensives, can cause people to become unsteady on their feet. As a result, they often don’t see hazards, cannot react to them and, should injury occur, do not recover as they once did when.

Consequences

When an older person suffers a fall-related injury, it’s often more serious than minor cuts and bruises. Broken wrists, arms, legs, ribs, hips, or head trauma can involve lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation, permanent impairment, and a consequent loss of independence. If the injury requires an extended convalescence, as in the case of a broken hip, other illnesses, such as pneumonia, can set in, and lead to death.

Falls and the Law

Businesses are required to maintain safe conditions; failure to do so can render them liable for slip and fall injuries. If you, or your relative, fell in a public place or healthcare facility, there may be a question of negligence; it would be wise to consult a New Jersey personal injury attorney through Jersey Personal Injury to determine if you have a valid claim. Slip and fall injuries and any resulting disability are expensive to treat. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you collect any damages you deserve. The statute of limitations may apply; contact an attorney today!

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