Increase in Fall Injuries Leads to More Disabilities for Older Individuals
Posted by: Michael Neff
November 18, 2010
Topic: Trips, Slips and Falls
The American Medical Association reports that a Yale School of Medicine study found that fall injuries among senior citizens greatly increase the chance of hospitalization and a multitude of disabilities related to the fall. The study followed 754 individuals age 70 and older.
Fall injuries and disabilities are likely to increase in coming years as baby boomers move into their senior years. Lead researcher Thomas M. Gill, MD, commented, "To address this increase, more aggressive efforts will be needed to prevent and manage intervening illnesses and injuries, given their apparent role in precipitating and perpetuating the disabling process."
Among older individuals, fall injuries often lead to broken bones, immobility and restricted activity. The researchers reported: "Restricted activity increased the likelihood of transitioning from no disability to both mild and severe disability, respectively, and from mild disability to severe disability, but was not associated with recovery from mild or severe disability.
If you or a loved one sustain a fall injury, see a doctor immediately. Further, if the fall injury is due to the negligence of another individual or business, contact Atlanta slip and fall lawyer Michael Lawson Neff at 1-888-301-9298. Call now; if you wait too long, you may lose your legal right to recovery.
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