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Elderly Deaths by Falls Rises Dramatically

elder in nursing homeRecent statistics indicate a dramatic rise in the number of deaths caused by falls in older adults. Between 2007 and 2016, deaths caused by falls climbed over 30% in people more than 65, according to a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Overly 30,000 Elderly People Die Every Year from Fall-Related Injuries

The sharp increase is alarming, especially considering that falls have long been counted as a leading cause of injury and death among people over 65. The study shows that over 30,000 older citizens die as a result of falls every year.

In addition, 7 million people in this age category suffer injuries caused by falls every year. In fact, the seventh leading cause of death in senior citizens is termed “unintentional injuries.” Falls make up a large percentage of these types of injuries.

Fall-Related Deaths Expected to Double Over Next 12 Years

According to the study, death rates from falls grew an average of 3% every year for senior citizens over 65. Even more alarmingly, people over 85 years old had a higher rate of increase, at 4% every year.

Thirty states registered significant increases in fall-related deaths, while 11 registered either no rise or a drop. A few states registered mixed results year by year.

Researchers pointed out that, if these trends remain steady, the death rates from falls for elderly people could post steady increases. If the trends don’t change, more than 60,000 people over 65 could die by 2030.

The dramatic rise could be due to the longer life spans now common. Many people are living past 65 and 85. Chronic conditions common among older people, such as stroke, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease, may make them more prone to fall. Many older people take medications whose side effects cause dizziness or sleepiness, which can also increase the risk of falling.

Bringing a Claim for Damages After a Fall

Older people must have a safe environment that ensures mobility without risk of falling. If you or a loved one has fallen due to the negligence of another party, it may be possible to bring a claim for personal injury (of which slip and fall accidents are a subcategory) or, in the worst instance, wrongful death.

If you need an attorney, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are experienced personal injury/wrongful death attorneys who will fight tenaciously to see that justice is done.

Our initial consultation is free. We will advise you on your case and potential next steps. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with an experienced seasoned New York City and Long Island slip and fall lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Burns, Elizabeth and Ramakrishna Kakara. “Deaths from Falls Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2007–2016.” MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:509–514. http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6718a1
  2. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html

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