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For the Elderly, Slip and Fall Accidents Can Be Fatal
For elderly individuals, a slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries. Retail shops and businesses that cater to an older demographic should take extra precautions to ensure that their premises are free of trip and fall and slip and fall hazards. Not only does New Hampshire’s premises liability laws require owners to keep their structures and land safe for all visitors, any establishment that caters to the elderly, like a medical supply company or rehab center, has a duty to each patron to ensure that they remain safe. If a property manager or landowner fails to comply with this duty, a person who is injured has the legal right to seek monetary compensation for their injuries.
According to a report released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), any individual over the age of 65 possesses the biggest risk of being seriously injured from a slip and fall related accident. Their estimations conclude that 1 in 3 persons over the age of 65 will suffer from a fall each year, and that, as a result, 20% to 30% of them will suffer moderate to severe injuries. Moreover, for senior citizens, these injuries can produce long term effects that make it difficult for them to move around, perform the daily activities of life, or live by themselves. Per the same report, 2.4 million senior citizens were treated for trip and fall or slip and fall accidents in 2011.
Besides the suffering and physical pain, serious fall related injuries are often quite expensive. For the aging Baby Boomer generation, slip and fall related injuries are one of the top 20 most expensive medical conditions to treat. For a fall related injury, Medicare pays an average of $13,979.00 to $20,450.00. According to CDC estimates, in 2010 alone, the total immediate medical costs for slip and fall injuries occurring in the 65+ age range was approximately $30 billion. By 2020, this average cost is expected to reach nearly $68 billion. In nonfatal slip and fall injuries, nearly two thirds of the total cost of medical care was comprised of hospitalizations.
Slip and fall accidents occur on a daily basis. Though most injuries are minor, studies have shown that, as a person’s age advances, their risk of serious injury from a fall does as well. When a person falls, there are a number of different types of injuries they might experience. The CDC discovered that, in 78% of all fatal slip and fall injuries, the victim’s death was caused by injuries to the lower extremities and/or a traumatic brain injury.
Bones fractures are the most common type of nonfatal slip and fall injury. They are experienced by more than 1/3rd of victims. Every year, this type of injury costs approximately $18.8 billion to treat. Among the elderly, hip fractures are the most serious. Surgery is often required, and the loss of a senior citizen’s ability to walk can cost them their ability to live independently.
If you or an older loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact our law offices today to speak with one of our experienced NH personal injury lawyers. In addition to medical expenses, you may be entitled to additional compensation.
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