Sobering Statistics about Falls
It is something you might not think about that often, but falls are a real – and common – hazard. According to the National Safety Council, falls are a leading cause of accidental injury in the United States, with nearly nine million people visiting the emergency room each year after a slip, trip or fall. Falls are also the second largest cause of accidental death in homes and in communities.
Older adults are especially at risk for serious injuries and death as a result of falls. In fact, individuals aged 65 and over are four times greater to die after a fall than other age groups. Knowing the facts and understanding how to prevent slips, trips and falls can help keep you, your neighbors and your loved ones safe.
Where Do Slips, Trips and Falls Happen Most Frequently?
Falling is an unfortunate risk of walking, which means a slip, trip or fall can happen just about anywhere. There are, however, some locations where falls tend to happen more frequently. These areas include:
- Wet surfaces;
- Broken sidewalks;
- High traffic areas;
- Cluttered areas;
- Tight spaces, such as narrow hallways;
- Uneven pavement and other surfaces; and
- High areas without guardrails.
If you are in a high-risk location, take extra precautions, such as wearing proper footwear, paying close attention to where you are stepping, and clearing away any debris if possible.
Ways to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
Whenever possible, the best course of action is to stop falls from happening in the first place. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to improve the safety of your environment:
- Wipe up spills and wet surfaces right away;
- Use a ladder (instead of a chair or other unstable surface) when trying to reach a tall object or area;
- Keep your home and work space clutter free;
- Use area and throw rugs that have non-skid rubber backing;
- Use a non-skid bath mat in the shower and bathtub;
- Clear floors of loose electrical and appliance cords;
- Make sure your sidewalk, porch and exterior home areas are well lit;
- Wear appropriate shoes;
- Pick up clothes, books, shoes, toys and other tripping hazards off the floor; and
- Repair broken and uneven sidewalks, driveways and walkways.
With a little bit of effort, you can prevent potentially debilitating injuries. Accidents can still happen, however, which is why it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a slip, trip or fall occurs. If you have been injured in a fall, call us to discuss your potential claim. You can reach us through our online contact form.
This website has been prepared by Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.