Sarasota Falls/Broken Bones Attorney
Slips and falls, as well as falls from heights, can lead to serious and deadly injuries. Broken bones are among the most common types of injuries that occur in falls, and they are particularly prevalent and serious among older adult populations. When an elderly person falls and suffers a bone fracture, that person may require extensive medical care, including surgery and a lengthy hospital stay. For many older adults who suffer broken bones in fall accidents, there is a loss of mobility that can lead to the need for care in a nursing home or assisted living facility. If you or someone you love suffered a broken bone injury in a fall, you should contact a Sarasota falls/broken bones attorney who can assist you.
Learning More About Falls/Broken Bones in Sarasota
Falls can affect people of all ages. No matter what age group a person is in, a slip and fall or a fall from heights can result in a bone fracture that can be debilitating. When older adults fall and sustain broken bone injuries, they can experience long-term consequences. How often do falls occur and result in broken bones among older adults? The following are facts and figures provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Of all falls among older adults, about 1 out of every 5 falls is responsible for a brain injury or a bone fracture;
- Emergency departments treat around 3 million older adults every year for injuries sustained in falls;
- Hip fractures are the most frequently cited type of bone fracture affecting older adults who fall, account for more than 95 percent of all broken bones sustained in falls;
- About 800,000 older adults require hospitalization annually due to a severe fall-related injury; and
- Approximately 300,000 of those older adults hospitalized require hospitalization because of a hip fracture injury.
Sarasota Types of Falls/Broken Bone Injuries
The severity of a broken bone, or a bone fracture, can depend upon the specific health of the injured person, as well as the type of bone fracture and where in the body it occurred. Any bone in the human body can be fractured, but certain types of fractures are more serious than others. In general, hip fractures tend to be the most debilitating type of fracture for older adults. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) clarifies that there are five general types of bone fractures that can occur, and these specific types of breaks can happen to almost any bone:
- Stable fractures, which tend to be the easiest to treat and to heal;
- Open fractures, which are also known as compound fractures, that often break the skin;
- Transverse fractures, which are a horizontal breaks;
- Oblique fractures, which are angled breaks; and
- Comminuted fractures, which involves shattering of the bone into multiple pieces.
Contact Kohn Law Today
A lawyer at Kohn Law can speak with you today if you have concerns about falls or broken bone injuries. We know how critical it is to seek compensation and to hold the nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital accountable when these serious accidents and injuries occur. Contact our experienced Sarasota falls/broken bones attorney today for assistance with your claim.