According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA),1 the leading cause of injuries in older adults in the United States is falling. Such falls do not have to be from heights to cause injury, as older Americans can be seriously injured from falling on even ground. For this reason, slip and falls are particularly dangerous for adults over the age of 65.
Risk Factors for Older Adults
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),2 there are several reasons why older adults may be at a greater risk for falls and for serious injury from falls. Some factors that increase the risk include:
- Weakness in the lower body
- Balance issues
- Medications that can affect balance or coordination
- Vision loss
- Deficiency of vitamin D
In addition, older adults may be prone to more serious injuries than younger adults when they do slip and fall. Specifically, older adults may be more likely to break a hip from a simple fall. In fact, the CDC reports that 95 percent of hip fractures result from falls.3 A hip fracture is a serious injury that often requires surgery to repair. Surgery is riskier for older adults who may already have health problems and many adults never fully recover.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
While older adults can slip and fall anywhere, they often do so in businesses, stores, or on another party’s property because a hazardous condition existed on the property. Some examples of conditions that can lead to slip and falls include:
- Wet or slippery flooring
- Uneven floors
- Overly work or loose carpet
- Debris or objects in pathways
- Steps or ramps in uneven doorways
- Not warning visitors of potentially dangerous conditions
Consult with an Experienced Chicago Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you or an elderly loved one slipped and fell because of a negligent property owner, do not hesitate to call the Chicago slip and fall lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. to discuss your rights. We offer free consultations, so please call at 312-924-7575 today.