Preventable Falls Fatal For Seniors

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says one out of every three citizens over the age of 65 experiences a fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries to senior citizens. Many of these falls are fatal. In 1995 alone, falls caused the deaths of almost 8,000 senior citizens. The number of elders dying from falls has increased to over 17,000 in 2005. Falls are particularly dangerous for vulnerable senior citizens who are often already burdened with health issues of aging, such as weaker bones, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions that increase the chance of complications and death.

 

Whether a fall occurs in a shopping mall, a retail store, an assisted living facility, a nursing home or a hospital, it is likely that it should have never happened. Florida law imposes an obligation upon retail stores to regularly inspect their premises for safety, and the standard of care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilties imposes the duty to take extra precautions to prevent falls in elderly patients. If you or a loved one has been the victim of serious injury from a fall, know your legal rights. Call CGWC for a free consultation.