It is important to understand the risks that you face with respect to falls, especially if you are an older adult. Whether you regularly go for walks or worry about falling down while shopping or around your home, there are many different reasons why you could become injured in an accident. In addition, it is vital to focus on safety. In addition to your own safety, you should review potential hazards and take steps to prevent accidents.
Sadly, many older adults continue to become seriously injured as a result of falling down every year.
Going over data on falls involving older adults
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published statistics on fall-related injuries and deaths involving older adults (those 65 and over). According to their data, falls among people in this age group led to three million emergency department visits over the course of 2019. Furthermore, the CDC points out that falls among people in this age group result in $50 billion worth of medical costs each year.
Aside from injuries, some falls involving older adults prove fatal. Among injury-related fatalities, falling down accounts for more deaths among older adults than any other risk factor. During 2019, more than 34,000 older adults lost their lives as a result of falling.
Risks associated with older adult falls
Falls continue to take place for many reasons, but many of these accidents happen because of slick floors, clutter and broken steps. In some instances, victims fall down due to the carelessness of a property owner or a business owner who fails to address safety concerns (such as a leaky pipe). If another party’s negligence caused you or a family member to fall down, it is pivotal to hold them accountable.