Falls are the leading cause of injuries and death among American seniors. In fact, falls send senior adults across the United States to the emergency room every 11 seconds on average. Falls can lead to cuts, bruises, broken bones, and knee, neck, and head injuries.
After a slip and fall accident, seniors often become wary of walking too far and are afraid to trust their own judgment or balance. Three-quarters of seniors injured in falls fear falling again. Half restrict their activities to prevent another fall. A lack of mobility reduces a person’s strength and endurance, making them more likely to fall again. The following are tips to help older adults recover from a fall and regain the confidence to be active again.
There are many simple steps seniors can take during their recovery to rebuild their confidence and avoid future falls. Slip and fall hazards like cords, throw rugs, and other items should be stored off the floor. The bathroom is one of the most familiar places in the home for slip and fall accidents. Grab-bars for showers and baths and non-skid mats can help prevent falls on slippery floors. Good lighting is also important inside the home and outside, especially near stairways and walking paths.
After a slip and fall accident, it is crucial for injured seniors to focus on their physical recovery. Serious injuries also have financial implications. The cost of hospitalization, surgery, and other medical care can be daunting for older adults on a fixed income.
Pittsburgh slip and fall lawyers at the law offices of AlpernSchubert P.C. handle complex personal injury claims so injured victims can focus on their recovery. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 412-765-1888 or contact us online today. Conveniently located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout western Pennsylvania, including those in Allegheny County, Lawrence County, and Washington County.