Whether you fall off of a ladder while working or you slip on a slick surface while walking in a business, the consequences of a fall can turn your life upside down in many ways. Falls affect many facets of victims’ lives, causing physical limitations, pain, financial problems and even social challenges. For example, some people cannot participate in activities with their friends or pursue their hobbies in the wake of a fall.
It is important to review statistics on falls in order to recognize the potential consequences of these accidents and the different hazards you face.
How many people suffer injuries due to falls?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that on an annual basis, over three million older adults (65 and over) seek emergency treatment after falling down. Many younger adults and children suffer injuries after falling as well and a lot of these accidents are never reported. According to estimates, 20% of falls result in a serious injury, such as a head injury or a broken bone. Falls cause more traumatic brain injuries than any other type of accident and more than 800,000 people require hospitalization every year due to falling down.
How do falls affect victims’ lives?
In addition to broken bones and hospitalization, these accidents are costly. Some victims struggle with medical costs and lose the ability to continue working. Moreover, some people become less active in the wake of an accident and find themselves more likely to fall down again. Whether you take certain medications that affect your balance or you work in a hazardous environment, pay attention to the risk factors that increase your chances of falling.