It is estimated that by the year 2020 the annual costs for injuries sustained during slip-and-fall accidents by our elderly citizens will reach $54 billion. Fall-related injuries among our seniors are one of the 20 most expensive medical conditions. However, securing compensation in a slip-and-fall case can be tricky.
Elderly citizens may be enticed by insurance companies to settle for less than what they are entitled to. This is why you should have an Atlanta personal injury lawyer working on your case if you or your elderly loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall. Kaufman Law, P.C. has been representing injured victims since 1977.
Tips for Preventing Fall Accidents Among Seniors
- Home safety – Nearly half of all falls happen at home. Keep all walkways, including stairs, free from objects and debris. Make sure stairway handrails are tightly secured to the wall and that there is adequate lighting. Use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping. Items that you often use while in the kitchen should be stored in easily reached cabinets. Place non-slip mats in your tub or shower. At night when walking in your home, make sure to turn on lights.
- Exercise on a regular basis – Exercise strengthens your body and increases agility, thus reducing the likelihood of a fall. Discuss a workout routine with your doctor or healthcare professional before attempting exercises.
- Medicine review – As Georgia residents age, there could be an increase in the number and types of medicines they have been prescribed. The physical effects and combinations of medicines can affect the body in different ways. Medicines that make you drowsy or light-headed can lead to a fall. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medication regimen.
- Vision check – Not being able to see clearly will increase your chances of tripping and falling, resulting in serious injury that could include traumatic brain injury. Visit your eye doctor for an examination to check your vision.
Even after taking precautions, Georgia residents can still become victims of a slip-and-fall accident. If you have been injured, you will need both medical and legal consultation. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are ready to help you in your time of need. Please call us today for a free review.
Average Costs of Elderly Slip & Fall Accidents
The average medical costs of fall-related injuries for people age 72 and older is nearly $19,500 and rising. As we age, our bones become less dense, making us more susceptible to fractures. Just over one-third of elderly, non-fatal slip-and-fall injuries are fractures, which account for 61 percent of direct medical costs. Among adults 65 and older, hip fractures are the primary cause of hospitalization or death.
When looking at potential costs from a slip-and-fall accident, many factors beyond the initial treatment of injuries need to be considered:
- Extended stays at hospitals or long-term-care facilities
- Ongoing physical therapy and at-home medical care
- If employed, lost wages from inability to work
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to obtain adequate compensation. The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are standing by to answer any questions you may have concerning your rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.