A hip fracture is a very serious injury, especially for those 65 and older. When a hip fracture is the result of something as seemingly insignificant as a slip and fall accident, it is particularly distressing. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for victims of slip and fall accidents to suffer a hip fracture. Learn more about how and why these injuries occur in this helpful guide to hip fractures.
Men and women over the age of 65 are at greater risk for experiencing a slip and fall accident. In fact, one in three seniors will fall at some point this year. One of the injuries older people are most likely to suffer when they fall is a broken hip. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of hip injuries in the elderly. Consider the following statistics from the CDC:
Because of the link between falls and hip fractures, the best way to prevent a broken hip is to prevent a fall by taking safety measures in and around an elderly person’s home. Regular health screenings and strength and balance exercises are also important preventative steps you can take.
Because of the vital role the hip joint plays in mobility, a fracture can have a lasting and serious impact. You will most likely know that you have broken your hip immediately after suffering a fall. You will be unable to move and will experience severe pain in your hip and groin. Hip fractures almost always require a surgical repair or replacement of the hip joint and months of physical therapy. Life-threatening complications can arise, however, especially in the elderly. The older you are, the more likely you are to suffer one or more of the following complications:
Once an elderly person suffers a broken hip, she will almost certainly need assistance for the rest of her life. Rehabilitation and assisted living facilities are expensive and, if the fall that broke her hip was caused by a property owner’s negligence, she should not have to pay these costs.
Just because older people are more susceptible to falls does not mean that property owners who do not maintain their floors, staircases, and sidewalks are not responsible when a senior trips over a hazard. You will need help proving your claim, however, and the attorneys at Kaufman Law can help. Call us now at 470-819-2273.