Fall Accidents and Injuries Among the Elderly
It is no secret that the elderly are especially susceptible to harm as they progress in age and their bodies grow even frailer. It is because of this that seniors can suffer injuries as a result of milder trauma that would otherwise not affect those of stronger constitutions. This makes seniors common claimants in certain kinds of cases seeking compensation for accident injuries like for example, fall injuries. Falling may not seem like a big deal to most people. After all, most of us fall all the time and come out of it with usually nothing more than a bump and a scrape and perhaps a little blow our pride. However, many elderly people cannot say the same.
Florida Personal Injury Claims Regarding Fall Injuries
Those that have suffered fall injuries because of a liable party’s negligence may be able to get compensation to pay for the damages they suffered. With a personal injury claim, you can hold those responsible for your injuries accountable through negotiating a fair settlement that both parties can be satisfied with. Fall injuries can occur for a number of reasons and be part of several types of personal injury claims ranging from slip and fall claims to product liability claims. Regardless of the type of claim, it falls upon the claimant to be able to accumulate proof of a defendant party’s negligence to use as leverage in negotiations.
While the elderly have many years of experience in many things, odds are that they will not have the professional knowledge required to ensure that a claim successfully secures compensation. Many people attempt to handle their personal injury claims on their own only to make a mistake and end up having it denied or having the value of a settlement significantly diminished. Consider speaking to the experienced attorneys of Dolman Law Group about your personal injury. Our attorneys can assist you in negotiating your claim, filing the right paperwork, securing expert witnesses, and investigating the circumstances of your injury to ensure that you get the money that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Dolman Law Group you can either call out Clearwater office at 727-451-6900 or fill out a contact form online.
Why do Elders Suffer Severe Fall Injuries?
As people advance in age, their bodies start to decrease in flexibility, their immune system weakens, and their bones become more brittle. The combination of several aging factors can make a broken bone much worse than one may expect. The reason many older people have such brittle bones is because as we age our bodies can reabsorb the calcium in our bones and their mass as well as integrity can decrease making them significantly weaker.
In addition to this, muscle mass flexibility, and reflexes generally start to weaken and slow meaning that when a senior person does fall, they may not be able to break their impact or adjust their body to minimize the blow to their body as a younger person can. On top of that, there are a number of medical conditions that the elderly are likely to develop as the age like dementia, heart disease, or low blood pressure that can make them dizzy and lose their balance in a way that compromises their ability to keep from falling over and hurting themselves. So this all adds up to an increase in situations where the elderly can fall in a way that severely injures them.
Common Fall Injury Accidents Among the Elderly
One of the most common accidents that cause fall injuries among the elderly is simple cases of slipping or tripping on a number of hazards that exist because of someone’s negligence. For example, there may be uneven flooring in the bathroom of a hotel room that an elderly person is staying in. That is a potentially dangerous hazard for tripping and falling which a hotel should be aware of when they prepare a room for a guest. Should a person trip and fall because of this hazard then the hotel could be held for any injuries that this causes. This goes for more than just uneven flooring. People can fall because of large cracks or indentations, spills, loose cables, a lack of handrails, broken stairs, and much more resulting in severe fall injuries. One common setting where this can occur is in the care of a retirement or nursing home. These institutions can be negligent not only in removing potential hazards but also in ensuring that their residents are not abused which can also result in fall injuries.
Common Elderly Fall Injuries
The most common fall injury that the elderly suffer when they fall is broken bones. While a broken arm or leg will usually just need to be set and wrapped in a cast to heal for a bit other bones like the pelvis or ribs can break and compromise internal organs by puncturing them or blood vessels causing internal bleeding. There is also a high chance that elderly people that fall can suffer injuries to their head or even their spine resulting in permanent damage and disability.
Seek an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have fallen because of someone’s negligence and suffered a severe fall injury, then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about scheduling a free consultation on your potential claim. Our skilled lawyers are happy to speak with you and discuss the details of your case in order to find out how we can best assist you.
Our legal team has years of experience under their belts when it comes to successfully handling personal injury claims of various types and ensuring injured plaintiffs receive the settlements that they deserve. Don’t go at it alone when pursuing compensation for a fall injury. Hiring a personal injury lawyer consistently nets plaintiffs larger settlements than if they attempt a claim on their own, even with the lawyer fee taken into account. You don’t pay our lawyers a thing until the case is seen through and you owe them nothing unless your claim is successful in getting you compensation. So consider Sibley Dolman as your legal representation in your personal injury claim.
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