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Older adults and slip-and-fall accident injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Slip-and-fall accidents are a common occurrence that can happen to anyone. However, they can be particularly dangerous for older adults.

With age, bodies undergo changes that can increase the risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries. Understanding why these accidents are more prevalent among older adults and the impact of these falls is key.

Slip-and-fall risk factors

One of the main reasons why slip-and-fall accidents are more dangerous for older adults is due to the natural aging process. As people grow older, their muscles tend to weaken, their bones become more fragile and balance and coordination may deteriorate. These physical changes make older adults more susceptible to falls and more likely to suffer severe injuries as a result.

Another factor that contributes to the heightened risk of slip-and-fall accidents among older adults is the presence of underlying health conditions. Chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and vision problems can affect an individual’s mobility and stability, increasing the likelihood of falls. Medications that older adults may be taking can also have side effects that impact their balance and coordination.

The aftermath of a fall

The consequences of slip-and-fall accidents for older adults can be severe. Injuries such as fractures, head trauma and sprains can have long-lasting effects on their health and quality of life. Recovery from such injuries can be more challenging for older adults, and they may experience a loss of independence and mobility as a result. According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls cause more injuries among adults 65 and over than any other factor.

By creating a safe environment, property owners can reduce the risk of falls among older adults.

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