Accidental Injuries Lead to Deaths Among Older Adults
Whether they occur at home, out shopping, while dining at a restaurant or in the car on the way there, accidents happen. While your injuries may be minor, they can sometimes lead to health complications in the future. Particularly among older Americans, accidental injuries can end up causing serious health conditions and even death. Deaths among older adults due to accidental injuries are unfortunately common. Understanding complications that can arise and practicing some general safety tips can help to ensure you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.
Accidental Injuries Among Older Americans
As people get older, we are more prone to more serious complications from illnesses and injuries than our younger counterparts. Our body’s inability to heal itself is less effective than when we were young, and even a cold or muscle strain can take months to recover from. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental injuries are the eighth leading cause of death among adults aged 65 and over. The top accidental injuries resulting in death among older adults include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Fire and burn related injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Food poisoning
- Defective products
- Choking on food or other objects
Many of the above injuries would not necessarily be fatal on their own. Unfortunately, complications such as infections, high blood pressure, increased stress on the heart and lungs, blood clots, and general decline resulting from accidental injuries end up being the ultimate cause of death.
Preventing Accidental Injuries Among Older Adults
Staying healthy and preventing accidental injuries can add years to your life and generally improve the overall quality of life for people over 65. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three older Americans is involved in slip and fall accidents each year. Falls are also the leading cause of accidental injury death for older adults. Some simple ways to prevent slip and fall accident include:
- Do regular exercises to improve your balance and strength
- Have your vision checked regularly
- Ask your doctor to review medications which may cause dizziness
- Make your own home safer by installing grab bars and removing common items people trip over, such as throw rugs and clutter
In addition to preventing falls, you can also practice better safety habits to avoid other common accidental injuries. Make sure your home is equipped with smoke alarms, and double check to make sure your stove is turned off after cooking. Cut food into small pieces, chew thoroughly, and avoid common choking hazards such as hard candy. Make sure your doctor approves you to drive, wear a seatbelt and pay attention to all traffic signals. Following simple precautions protects you from injury and keeps you enjoying a good quality of life.
Reach Out to Our Office Today
If you have a loved one who has suffered complications from an accidental injury, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys can help you to protect your loved one and recover damages to help pay for their injuries. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we fight for the rights of you and your loved ones, and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.