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The impact of slipping and falling on elderly people

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Slip & Fall Accidents

Slipping and falling can have severe consequences for elderly individuals. As people age, their ability to recover from injuries diminishes, making falls a major health risk. For families in New Jersey, understanding the impacts of these accidents on elderly loved ones is important for prevention and treatment.

Physical and psychological effects

Falls can lead to serious injuries such as fractures, head injuries, and long-term disability. The most common are hip fractures, which can significantly alter an elderly person’s quality of life.

Beyond the physical injuries, falls often lead to a fear of falling again. This fear can result in decreased activity, social isolation, and psychological distress, including depression and anxiety.

Long-term consequences

The long-term effects of slipping and falling can extend beyond immediate physical injuries. Many elderly individuals who experience a fall may face prolonged recovery periods. Some never regain their full mobility, leading to increased dependence on others. This loss of independence can affect their mental health and overall well-being.

Legal considerations

When an elderly person falls due to unsafe conditions, such as wet floors or poor lighting, property owners may be liable. Families should be aware of the legal rights of their elderly relatives. Understanding these rights can ensure that they receive the necessary compensation to cover medical expenses and other related costs.

Understanding and prevention are key

Recognizing the serious impact of falls on elderly individuals is the first step in prevention. Families should consider safety modifications in the home and regular medical check-ups to assess balance and mobility.