When someone falls and does not get hurt, people often laugh. However, many falls are no laughing matter.
One out of every five falls results in a serious injury. Older adults are particularly vulnerable, but anyone can suffer a serious slip and fall injury.
Common types of injuries from falls
Falls can cause broken bones, such as hip, wrist, arm and ankle fractures. They can also cause head injuries. Additionally, many people who have fallen become afraid they will fall again. This may cause them to avoid physical activities which can lead to weakness that can increase the chances of another fall.
Factors that increase fall risk
Several factors increase your risk of a fall:
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Medications that affect balance
- Foot pain
- Weakness in the lower body
- Balance or walking problems
- Poor vision
Additionally, hazards in the environment, such as uneven or broken steps, clutter and throw rugs can increase the chances of a fall.
When another person may be liable for your fall
Falls are sometimes just accidents. However, when property owners fail to remove hazardous conditions on their property, they may be liable if those conditions cause someone to fall. Examples may include improper removal of snow and ice from sidewalks and parking lots, wet floors, obstacles in store aisles, slippery pool decks and stairs that do not have proper safety railing.
Slips, trips and falls sometimes just lead to a bruised ego, but they can also cause serious injuries. If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, you may be able to recover damages.