One of the leading causes of unintentional injuries are fall accidents in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. These types of injuries result in nearly 9 million visits to emergency rooms every year.
Throughout this week, the National Safety Council will be recognizing slips, trips and falls in an effort to raise awareness about these preventable injuries. The Council uses the entire month to focus on a number of preventable accidents during its recognition of National safety Month.
Older adults, or those 55 and older, are the most likely to be the victims of a fall. These slips and falls can often result in serious injuries, many of which can drastically alter daily functions and the ability to lead an independent and active life. Residents 65 and older are roughly four times more likely to die from a fall than anyone in any other age group.
Our New York personal injury attorneys would like you to know that many of these slips and falls can be prevented if the proper precautionary steps are taken. There are measures a person can take to ensure their safety in their own home. But it’s important to remember that business owners should do the same. Business, parks, shopping facilities and many other areas are required by law to ensure the safety of visitors. They are to keep their grounds in a safe and functioning manner. If a property owner fails to eliminate potential hazards and a fall occurs, that person or company can be held responsible for injuries and damages.
Here are some common causes for slip and fall accidents in public places:
-Slippery or wet surfaces or floors.
-Debris on steps or in walkways.
-The use of excessive polish or wax.
-Failure to provide adequate warnings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three adults 65 and older will experience a serious fall. In 2007 alone, more than 18,000 older adults died from these falls. Medical attention for slips and falls cost the U.S. more than $19 billion in 2000 — $179 million for fatalities and $19 billion for nonfatal injuries.
So how can you avoid these falls?
-Make your own home safer by adding railings and grab bars, and improving lighting.
-Make sure you exercise regularly. Focus on exercises that increase leg strength and balance.
-Have your eyes checked regularly by a doctor. It is recommended that you go at least once a year to update your eyeglass prescription to maximize your vision.
-Check with your doctor and pharmacists to make sure your prescriptions are not causing any dizziness or drowsiness.
About 30 percent of people who fall can expect to suffer from injuries such as hip fractures, head traumas and lacerations. Most commonly, the result of a fall is a traumatic brain injury.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered injuries from a fall accident in the New York City or Long Island areas, contact the Law Offices of Nicholas Rose to discuss your rights. Call 718.261.0549.
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