How Older Adults Can Protect Against Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone. Maybe you trip over a child’s toy left on the floor. Maybe you miss the last step on the stairs. In many cases the result of a fall is a banged shin and a bruised ego, but the risk of seriously injuring yourself in a fall increases as you age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year an estimated 2.5 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. One out of five of those falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC. Since many of these falls occur in or around the home, the good news is that there are steps you can take to help protect yourself against falling. Common sense prevention along with healthy living can reduce the potential for these accidents.

Begin by assessing the living space. Are there wires or electrical chords running along the floor? Are there throw rugs or clutter?  Safely securing or removing these items makes it less likely you will get tripped up in them.

Since many falls can occur on stairwells, its important to have handrails on both sides of the stairs. Fix any broken or loose steps. There should be sufficient lighting at both the top and bottom of the stairs.

Due to their small size and wet conditions, bathrooms also tend to be dangerous. Line tubs and floors with non-skid mats or rugs. For those with impaired mobility, it may be necessary to install handrails alongside the toilet.

Proper footwear is crucial for helping you remain steady on your feet. Know that house slippers can become worn after prolonged use making them slippery. Invest in sturdy shoes with treads that can be worn indoors and outdoors.

Finally, be proactive about your overall health. Check to see if any of your medications have side effects that include drowsiness or dizziness. Schedule a visit with your primary care physician to discuss any concerns you might have about falling. Ask your physician if you are healthy enough to participate in a low-impact exercise program that can help strengthen the body and improve balance. Staying fit and active is important because even someone who has a minor fall with no injuries can become so fearful of another fall that they become more sedentary. According to the CDC, this fear of falling may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

 

Monmouth County Slip and Fall Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Get Compensation For Victims of Slip and Fall Injuries

Although we can reduce our risk of suffering a dangerous slip and fall injury by improving safety measures in our own homes and by staying fit, we cannot always control our environment. When visiting someone else’s home, a retail establishment, business or other public place, a property owner’s negligence can result in a life altering injury. Slip and fall accidents can have severe health consequences, particularly for older adults.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a slip and fall accident due to negligence, the experienced Monmouth County personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help you get the compensation you deserve.  For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today. We represent injured victims throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Union Beach and Neptune.

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