Slip and fall accidents can affect people of all ages, causing injuries ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones and serious head injuries. As we age, the risk of suffering more severe injuries from a fall increases dramatically. For seniors who may already suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis, a relatively minor fall can cause serious injuries like hip fractures, concussions, and even fatality.
Currently, approximately 12 million Americans require long term care, while only about 8.4 million actually receive the care they need. That leaves over 3 million senior citizens who are vulnerable to suffering injuries related to slip and fall accidents. It is important to generate accident prevention awareness for senior family members and friends who are at risk of injury.
Slip and Fall Prevention Tips
There is a range of steps than can be taken, both in long term care facilities and in the home, that can prevent slip and fall accidents for the elderly.
- Install handrails and grab bars. These can be easily installed in the home or in a long-term care facility. When placed between the sleeping area and the bathroom, it can significantly reduce slip and fall accidents.
- Install smooth transition edging. This type of floor trim provides a seamless transition between two types of flooring. It helps avoid tripping, and the smooth edging provides a surface for people who use wheelchairs or walkers.
- Use grip tape for extra traction. Grip tape can be used on places like stairs, bathtubs, and showers, or anywhere that poses a tripping hazard. There are a range of tapes available, including glow-in-the-dark tape, which is ideal for poorly lit areas.
Camden Personal Injury Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the experienced Camden personal injury lawyers at DiTomaso Law as soon as possible. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to injuries from slip and fall accidents and our dedicated, compassionate team will ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 856-414-0010 or contact us online.