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What are the most common injuries in slip-and-fall accidents?

For the millions of people who fall each year, the injuries can sometimes be life-changing. You may be surprised by how dangerous slip-and-fall accidents can be, but 20 percent of falls lead to head trauma, broken bones or other serious injuries. People in Connecticut need to be aware of how common this problem is and how they can prevent it from occurring.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every year, the number of older patients who are hospitalized for hip fractures tops 300,000. You may be alarmed to find that over 95 percent of this type of fracture occurs from falls. There are 2.8 million elderly patients treated in the emergency room every year for slip-and-fall accidents. Researchers have found that the death rate for older adults who fall has risen each year since 2005.

 

Many of these people have fallen repeatedly, since being injured by a fall once can create fear of it happening again. This often leads to a restriction in activity and subsequent weakness, which increases the risk for additional falls. Studies have shown that patients who have already fallen are twice as likely to fall again.

 

Other bones are likely to break as victims try to catch themselves during a fall. Some of the most common are arms, ankles and wrists. Head trauma is also a common injury sustained during slip-and-falls. In fact, researchers have found that traumatic brain injuries are most commonly caused by falling. This information is solely intended for education and should not be taken as medical or legal advice.

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