Falls are such a common occurrence that they lead to more than 8 million ER visits in the U.S. every year. Slips and falls can happen to anyone at any point in time, but they are typically more common among older adults. And more often than not, seniors who experience falls tend to suffer harder and longer than the average person.
In fact, slips, falls, and related injuries are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors across the country. In South Carolina alone, falls lead to almost 200 deaths of elderly residents each year. Additionally, they are responsible for nearly 25,000 South Carolina ER visits each year – 7,000 of those resulting in hospitalization.
Common Places Slips and Falls Happen
Most fall injuries occur in the home – specifically in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens – with throw rugs and carpets being the main culprit. Falls are also common in the workplace, being a leading claim on workers’ compensation forms and a top cause of missed workdays. While less common, falls do occur in public settings, such as in grocery stores and parks. Hospital and nursing home patients also experience falls on a fairly regular basis.
Slips and falls can lead to many types of injuries and – in some cases – death. Broken or fractured hips are the most common of all injuries. Many seniors who suffer such an injury need ongoing, in-home or hospice care.
Other potential injuries include the following:
- Bruises, cuts, and abrasions
- Shoulder or neck injury
- Head injuries, including TBI, or traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord trauma, leading to possible paralysis, neurological or sensory issues
- Broken or fractured legs, ankles, spine, forearms, hands, pelvis, and upper arms
- Knee damage
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer
Landlords, homeowners, business owners, and employers are legally responsible for providing a safe environment and prevent risks. If someone slips or falls due to their negligence, he or she can be held liable for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to someone’s negligence, consult a personal injury lawyer. He or she can help you file a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve.