People who are 65 years old and older should be able to enjoy their lives after decades of hard work, perhaps raising a family and generally pushing towards a lifelong goal. While many people in this age group are able to do so, this is also a time in life that can present several different risks and dangers. One of the most common and most overlooked dangers for people who are 65 years old or older is the danger of being seriously injured or worse because of falling. Fall injuries occur at an alarming rate for older Americans. According to a recent study, the costs associated with these fall injuries on a collective level is nothing short of shocking.
Before reviewing the study, it may be helpful to look at some statistics that relate to the number of people who are 65 years old or older in the United States who fall and are injured. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC:
Older Americans face a tremendous risk of serious fall injuries.
Researchers from the CDC performed the study. It appears in the September issue of the Journal of Safety Research. Those interested in reading the abstract can find it here. The study was an attempt to quantify the costs associated with fatal and non-fatal fall injuries among older people in the United States by looking at data from several different sources. The study focused mostly on the year 2012. The researchers found the following:
Clearly, fall injuries among older Americans lead to astronomical costs in the United States on an annual basis. It’s likely that many people who are injured in this manner suffer because of the negligence of others. Those people should not have to shoulder their own costs. If this has happened to you or to someone you love, you need to seek the help of San Diego slip and fall lawyers who have been fighting successfully for the rights of consumers for more than a decade. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
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