According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries among older adults. In 2010, more than 2 million older adults were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. Falls can result in devastating hip fractures, brain injury, and even death. Therefore, it is important for elderly adults and their families to take the appropriate steps to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
Older adults can reduce their chances of being injured in a fall by:
- Exercising regularly. It is particularly important to focus on exercises that strengthen the legs and improve balance. Tai Chi and Yoga can be very beneficial to the elderly.
- Making your home a safer space. First, it is necessary to remove items from walkways, sidewalks, and hallways that can pose a tripping risk. It is also helpful to add grab bars inside the house at numerous locations, such as near the toilet, tub, or shower. Railings should be installed on both sides of stairways for support. Ample lighting will help elderly residents spot hazards as well.
- Reviewing medications. Certain medications, and the combination of certain prescriptions, can cause side effects, such as drowsiness and dizziness. It is sometimes possible to alter a prescription to reduce the side effects that can cause a fall.
- Visiting the eye doctor. It is advisable to see an eye doctor once a year. Having clear vision can help you avoid dangerous conditions while walking.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a fall, it may be in your best interest to research your legal options. Depending on the cause of the fall, monetary compensation may be available for financial losses, such as medical expenses and therapy costs. An experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.