Anyone can be injured by slipping and falling, especially during winter weather when walkways are often wet and slippery. However, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries or even premature death by slip-and-fall accidents. You may be one of the many retired residents living in Florida, or chances are you have an elderly loved one. Therefore, it’s important for you to understand the dangers and injuries that can result from falling.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of those over the age of 65 suffer injuries from falls throughout the United States every year. In 2012, nearly 2.5 million fall-related accidents involving older people were treated in hospital emergency rooms. Most falls among elderly people occur at home, but you can also be injured outside or on public property. Some of the most common injuries you can risk in a fall include broken bones, lacerations or bruises to the head, extremities or spine. Pelvic and hip fractures are particularly dangerous for older people, and many fall-related injuries can result in reduced mobility or the risk of early death.