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Is it true that Pennsylvania senior citizens are at a greater risk of being injured in a slip-and-fall accident?

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The simple answer is yes, seniors are at a greater risk of injury due to a falling accident. Baby Boomers are turning 65 at the rate of one every ten seconds. We Pennsylvanians, just like everyone else, run a greater risk of being involved in a slip-and-fall accident as we age. Each year in the United States, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), one of every three people over the age of 65 will fall. Half of those folks will be repeat fallers. The risks of a senior becoming a victim of a slip-and-fall accident are no different from any other part of this country.

For people 65 to 84 years of age, falling accidents are the second-leading cause of injury-related death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated:

  • Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Most fractures among older Americans are caused by falls
  • Even if they are not injured, most people who fall develop a fear of falling

Contributing factors in most slip-and-fall accidents are slippery floors and poor floor maintenance. Falling events can happen in your home, on sidewalks, and in stores. The Industrial Safety and Occupational Health Markets fifth-edition study indicates that 85 percent of workers’ compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors.

The attorneys at MMK Law will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have concerning injuries and losses that you have sustained from a slip-and-fall accident. You can reach our Philadelphia office at 215-545-1870, or our Allentown office at 610-366-1414. Of course, you call always reach us toll-free at 1-888-807-WORK (9675).