Let’s say you were walking through a poorly lit restaurant and you tripped and fell on something which should not have been there. If you’re lucky, then you might only have suffered minor injuries such as a laceration or bruise. If you are older, however, there is a very good chance that you might have suffered extremely serious injuries.
As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death attorney, I know that senior citizens are extremely likely to experience severe injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults aged 65 or older experiences a fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of hospital admission for trauma among older people and are the number one cause of injury deaths among the older population. It is estimated that 17,000 people die in the US each year as a result of injuries sustained in a slip, trip or fall accident.
In 2009 alone, 2.2 million older adults were treated for nonfatal fall injuries in the US; 581,000 of which were hospitalized.
Serious injuries which can result from a fall include:
- Broken and fractured bones in the hip and pelvic region, arms, legs, ankle, hand
- Spinal injuries
- Torn knee ligaments
- Head trauma
- Strained muscles
- Lower back injuries
- Long-term medical complications
Some of the very worst fall accident which involve an impact to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The CDC states that among adults aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Almost half the elder population who suffer a fall experience some degree of TBI.
Your Rights as an Accident Victim
The long term impact of suffering any kind of injury as a result of a fall can be huge. This is especially true the older the victim gets. (People aged 75 plus are four times more likely to require admittance to a long-term care facility than those aged 65-74). Senior citizens who have suffered a fall are also likely to attempt to reduce their physical activities and mobility, which in turn makes them far more likely to suffer further fall accidents in the future.
If your slip, trip or fall accident was the result of negligence on behalf of a business or other landowner, you may be entitled to recover compensation which can pay for you medical care and other accident-related costs. Since every case is different, it is important that you discuss your personal situation with a board certified personal injury lawyer who can give you an honest assessment of your case’s value in accordance with Texas law.
To speak with an attorney today, please contact the Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.
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