With the brisk winter season now upon us, it is important to be aware the dangers of slip and fall accidents particularly for elderly people who will generally face the greatest risks of injury. Each year seniors in Canada report approximately 180,000 falls where injuries are suffered.

By the age of 75, fall injuries are reportedly the leading cause of death among seniors and over 90% of hip fractures in seniors are the result of falls. Unfortunately, 20% of these senior hip fracture victims will die within a year of sustaining their injuries according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Some environmental hazards faced by seniors in fall injuries typically include uneven stairs, slippery surfaces, poorly installed handrails, inadequate or excessive lighting, cracked sidewalks, or loose/uneven floor mats. Other risk factors seniors may also face in addition to environmental hazards might include poor physical health, reduced vision or impairments due to medication making them even more susceptible.

It is important to take extra precautions especially during the winter season to wear appropriate gear including flat footed boots with appropriate traction, hold the handrails along steps and avoid unnecessary outdoor walking if the weather conditions don’t allow for a safe walk. After all, 65% of falls among senior citizens will occur outdoors while walking on a familiar route. Therefore, exercise caution.

Recovering from fall injuries may require more than just physical healing. Treatment from these injuries may also need to address social withdrawal, psychological trauma, depression, stress, anxiety and decreased independence.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a slip and fall, you should be aware of your legal rights and options. It is my pleasure to discuss your case with you to assess your legal options and if necessary, put you in touch with the proper healthcare professionals to get you back on track and get you the compensation you deserve.

I can be reached by email me at lhennick@yermuslaw.com

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

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