Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hip Fractures and Seniors

Seniors are arguably the highest-risk group to suffer a major hip fracture.  This can either be due to an accident, a slip-and-fall, or through abuse/neglect. The National Safety Council estimates that hip fractures are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in elderly American citizens. The CDC also reports around 280,000 hospitalizations each year for elderly patients that have suffered a hip fracture.  Additionally, the CDC estimates that over 90% of these fractures are caused by slip-and-fall accidents.  Although some of these accidents may just be mobility-related, some of these injuries are the fault of the property owner or nursing home in which the elderly person fell.  For example, an uneven or broken sidewalk, a missing or loose guardrail, or insufficient lighting are all property-related conditions that may result in a slip-and-fall accident. 

If you or a loved one has been injured after a slip-and-fall accident due to a circumstance surrounding the property or facility in which you fell, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney about your options.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving central and western Pennsylvania.  He specializes in elder abuse and car accidents. To set up a consultation with his law firm, please call 814-946-4100 or visit his website here.

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