According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, the risk of falling after the age of 65 is about one in three. While most falls aren’t serious in nature, they are still the leading cause of injury and injury-related death among older adults, says the site. In addition, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that nearly 2 million elderly Americans are treated for falls annually in emergency rooms in the U.S.
Ways to Reduce Risk of Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents
Given the severity of the injuries that elderly West Virginians can incur as the result of slip and falls, it is important to minimize risk whenever possible. One good way to do this is to keep living areas clear of clutter, bulky furniture and loose rugs that can slide. Another way is to install handrails in tubs, on stairways and in other high-traffic areas. Finally, elderly citizens should always make sure that steps and sidewalks are repaired to eliminate cracks or other uneven surfaces that could lead to falls.
Health wise, elderly men and women can also help themselves by staying active. Just a few minutes of physical activity a day can help seniors improve and maintain their dexterity and balance to prevent falls. Further, taking calcium supplements and/or medications to combat the effects of osteoporosis can also be very helpful. As we age, bone density decreases, increasing the risk for fractures from falls.
Sometimes, though, slip and falls are caused by the negligence of another person or business. If you’re caring for someone who has been injured in a slip and fall accident, be sure to contact a reliable personal injury lawyer right away. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim against another party, so don’t delay.