Slip and falls can spell out trouble, especially for the elderly who can be more at risk of falling and injuring themselves. ER nurses can tell you that they see injuries from slip and fall cases every day. Uneven walkways, slippery floors, or tripping over an object can cause people to have painful accidents. These accidents can result in minor bumps or bruises but, occasionally, they can also result in an injury that will land someone in an emergency room for stitches or an extended hospital stay.
Several factors can contribute to slips and falls in a more vulnerable population including:
- Vision problems
- Foot issues
- Side effects of medications
- Low blood pressure when standing
- Muscle weakness in the legs
Slip and falls can happen anywhere but over half of the slips and falls occur in the home. Common causes of these accidents involve:
- Disrepair – Wear and tear can cause many things to fall apart and create a slip and fall hazard with things such as stairs, sidewalks, and handrails.
- Tripping hazards – Carpets with frayed ends or any other object left lying around the home can trip someone up.
- Snow and ice – Slippery sidewalks and steps due to snow and ice can be extremely hazardous. Walkways and driveways near the home are also notorious for slip and fall accidents.
There are a few measures you can take to avoid falling accidents in the place you should feel the safest.
- Keep items within easy reach: Move commonly used items to easy-to-reach locations such as on a low shelf or counter. Avoid the need to stretch or having to use a stool.
- Exercise: Continue with doctor-approved exercises to keep healthy flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. Low-impact activities like water aerobics or yoga can be great forms of fitness.
- Move hazards: Removing hazards can be a simple thing to do to lower the chances of tripping. Remove rugs, carpets, or cords that may cause someone to trip and fall. Clear commonly used pathways in the home that may cause injuries if someone is to slip and fall. Move coffee tables, obstructive home decor, or furniture from high-traffic areas.
- Use sturdy shoes: Wear sensible shoes with non-skid soles to help keep you on your feet. The National Floor Safety Institute estimates that up to a quarter of all slip and fall accidents occur because of footwear.
- Ensure good lighting: Furniture and objects can become hazardous if you can’t see them. Be sure to keep good lighting inside your home and outdoor areas.
If you or someone you know is experiencing more falls than usual. It may be a good idea to visit a doctor. They will be able to review any medications or they may find another cause for dizziness that may include eye or ear infections.
Preventing accidents is the best defence against serious slip and fall injuries but if you have suffered from a slip and fall accident, Nirwan Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help get you fair compensation for accidental injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact Nirwan Law Corporation to learn what your options are.