Some of the most popular videos on social media sites feature hapless souls suffering some type of harm through falls. Though the majority of these filmed accidents do not result in serious injuries, a fall is no laughing matter — especially when the victim is an older adult. Connecticut residents who suffer significant injuries while on the property of another party may have a case for filing a premises liability civil suit.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one out of four older adults suffer a fall every year. An estimated 20 percent of these falls will result in a serious injury such as a fracture or a head trauma. More than 800,000 patients require hospitalization for a fall-related injury — most commonly a broken hip or a brain injury. Nearly 95 percent of the hip fractures that are reported are caused by a patient suffering from a fall — typically a sideways fall.
Older adults who are on medications, such as blood thinners, are at an even higher risk from suffering complications caused by a fall. Those who are on medications should seek medical attention whenever they fall due to the possibility of suffering a serious brain or head injury. Once a person has fallen, he or she is purportedly more prone to falling again in the future.
Victims who suffer serious injuries in a slip, trip or fall often incur monetary losses as well through lost income, medical bills and associated costs. If a fall has occurred on the property of another and can be attributed to negligence on the part of the owner or manager, then the victim may have recourse to pursue compensation for the damages they have sustained. Connecticut residents may benefit from seeking information from an attorney who is experienced in premises liability cases and can provide guidance in seeking recompense through the civil court system.