Did you know that the main reason older adults suffer unintentional injuries, hospital admissions for trauma, and injury deaths is caused from falling? In light of Fall Prevention Awareness Week, September 23-29, 2015, (the first week of fall), the Law Offices of David Benenfeld would like to take this opportunity to discuss slip and fall accidents and ways to prevent them — especially among the elderly.
There are many reasons why elderly people are involved in slip and fall accidents, including:
- Instability on one’s feet
- Poor eyesight and vision changes
- Medications that cause dizziness, balance issues and unsteadiness
- Pets that get in one’s pathway
- Obstacles on the ground
- Hidden hazards and dangerous premises
As you can see here, there are many causes of slip and fall accidents; which is why it is important that seniors get regular medical evaluations to review their instability concerns, medication questions, and vision changes with their doctors. Also, elderly residents living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes may need to discuss their concerns for falling with the staff and/or relatives to make sure the right things are being done to ensure their safety.
By talking with medical providers, caregivers, elder care professionals, and loved ones, elderly people may be able to help prevent some falls. However, elderly people probably won’t be able to prevent falling when dangerous grounds and hidden hazards are involved. Property owners are supposed to keep their premises safe. When they fail to do so, people of any age can get injured.
If you or an elderly loved one has suffered a fall-related injury due to dangerous premises, you may have grounds for pursuing a legal claim in Florida for such an injury and damages. To learn more about your legal rights, talk with a knowledgeable slip and fall injury attorney. You can contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 for a free consultation today.