Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults

Anytime anyone takes a serious fall in Ohio, they run the risk of suffering a severe, debilitating injury, but when older Americans fall down, the repercussions oftenn prove even more serious and potentially deadly. At Mezibov Butler, we understand just how upsetting it can be when someone else’s negligence contributes to a fall, and we have helped many people spanning all age groups pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident.

According to the National Council on Aging, an older American visits an emergency room seeking treatment for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds, while an older American passes away because of a fall every 19 minutes. Additionally, falls are now officially the leading cause of injury and fatal injury among today’s seniors, highlighting just how much of a problem falls are across this age group.

While a serious fall can leave you facing hefty medical bills and an uphill physical battle, you may also find that your fall affects your life in other ways. For example, many older Americans find that they are hesitant to participate in activities they once enjoyed following a fall, and this is oftenn because they fear reinjuring themselves. By decreasing their physical activities, however, older people can actually enhance their risk of falling, because the lack of regular motion can lead to a decrease in strength and overall flexibility.

While reducing your level of physical activity can place you at higher risk of a slip-and-fall accident, it can also affect you emotionally. Abstaining from activities you once enjoyed, or activities that get you up and moving, can lead to feelings of isolation, depression and helplessness. You can find more about this topic by visiting our webpage.

 

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