Dangers of Slips and Falls with the Elderly
As people grow older, their bodies become less resistant to damage from minor falls. This is why the elderly tend to suffer greater personal injuries and medical complications from falls than younger people. Unfortunately, the elderly population tends to have a higher incidence of these falls, partly because coordination also tends to decrease with age. This means wet floors with no warning signs are more likely to lead to slip and fall accidents in the elderly.
If you suffered slip and fall injuries because the owner failed to warn you of potential hazards on their property, consider contacting a Delaware slip and fall accident lawyer about compensation.
Slip And Fall Injuries In The Elderly
Amongst those age 65 or older, 800,000 slip and fall injuries were serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. In terms of injuries, 95 percent of hip fractures arise from slip and falls. At a startling number, around 3 million older people had to check into the emergency room for their fall injuries.
Some of the most common slip and fall injuries in the elderly involve bone fractures. A broken wrist, hip, ankle, and skull are some of the bone fractures encountered after these accidents. Skull fractures can be the most serious, especially if left untreated. A cracked part of the skull could cause brain damage, which could lead to significant cognitive and physical impairments.
Head trauma can also lead to temporary or long-term deficits in thinking, sensation, personality, or movement. Some impairments like problems with walking, communication, or memory can be lifelong if the head trauma is severe enough. Seeking medical attention as soon as possible after any kind of head trauma can be key to preventing further damage.
Seeking Compensation For Negligence
To seek compensation for your slip and fall injuries, you will need to prove that the owner of the place where you fell was negligent. Proving negligence involves proving several other factors. A lawyer can help you determine and prove each of these factors to build a strong personal injury claim.
Factors of negligence include a legal duty by the owner to warn you of potential hazards on their property, the owner’s breach of this duty by failing to warn you, proof of your injuries, and evidence that the owner’s actions or lack of actions directly led to your injuries. Proving each of these factors requires certain documents, evidence, and cross-examination to determine the truth of what happened. Having a lawyer at your side during this process can save time and money.
Delaware Slip And Fall Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else, contact our Delaware personal lawyers at Edelstein Martin & Nelson by dialing (302) 295-5050 for consultation today. Our law office is located in Wilmington, DE. No one should have to suffer the damages of a serious injury when someone else was at fault. We may be able to help you earn significant compensation for your injuries. Talking to an injury lawyer as soon as possible is key to taking the next step in your recovery.