Senior Citizen Fall Down
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Plantation, the Palm Beaches and the Florida Keys
Studies indicate that one third of older adults have a fall at least once annually. Generally senior citizens fall due to a combination of having weakened leg muscles and encountering a slippery floor, uneven pavement or an unexpected change in a floor’s height, including unmarked stairs.
When senior citizens fall they are more susceptible to suffering serious personal injuries, including broken hips. In fact, the United States’ elderly population accounts for almost ninety percent of all fractured hips each year. More than forty percent of all admissions to nursing homes are due to personal injuries and complications from falls. The statistics prove that almost twenty percent of elders who fall are admitted to a hospital to attend to their fractures, head trauma and cuts. Last year alone, that accounted for more than 700,000 senior citizens being hospitalized. Studies demonstrate that women over the age of 80 are more likely to fall then men of the same age. Sadly, almost twenty percent of senior citizens who suffer a hip fracture from a fall down incident die within a year.
Given these real life situations facing our aging population, it is critical that businesses, particularly those frequented by seniors, take necessary steps to protect this susceptible part of the population from being fall down victims. Florida Law requires business to use reasonable care to prevent accidents on their properties. Some examples of what businesses should do include:
- installing handrails on both sides of stairways
- placing non-slip tape on stair treads
- securing floor mats and rugs with non-skid pads or tape
- polishing floors with non-skid wax
- illuminating walkways
- keeping aisle ways clear of boxes and debris
- installing ADA compliant handicapped ramps
- keeping floors dry
If you fall and are injured due to a business’ negligence in failing to keep their property safe, you should immediately call Florida personal injury lawyer Joseph I. Lipsky to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Because business owners may quickly correct the condition which caused a fall, it is imperative to immediately document why you fell. Considering most people carry smart phones, which have a camera, accident victims should take photographs of what caused their fall, or ask someone in the area to take a photograph if they are physically unable to. As with all personal injury cases, evidence is needed to prove the landowner or business was negligent.
When possible, make certain to notify the owner or manager of the apartment building, store, restaurant or shopping mall of your fall, so they cannot later deny you fell on their premises. For over 23 years, Florida personal injury attorney Joseph Lipsky has helped senior citizens who are seriously injured in a fall down accident on someone else’s premises get the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills, home health assistance and transportation needs.
If you or an elderly loved one was injured after falling down on someone else’s property anywhere in Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Palm Beaches or the Florida Keys, we urge you to CONTACT the Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A., either ONLINE or by CALLING us:
(888) FLA-LAW8 - Toll Free
(954) 693-0073 - Fort Lauderdale - Plantation
(305) 821-7333 - Miami-Dade
(561) 514-3535 - Palm Beaches
(305) 296-6300 - Florida Keys
to arrange for your FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION. The call and personal injury consultation are FREE, so do not delay in calling to find out about your legal rights.