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Slip and Falls: Senior Citizens

As an individual ages, the odds of becoming involved in a slip and fall accident are greatly increased. Unfortunately, it takes much longer for an older person to heal from an injury than it does a younger individual. 

Slip and fall accidents are the number one cause for injury among the elderly in Illinois. In fact, studies have shown that one in three individuals suffer from a slip and fall every year in the United States.

Some of the factors that may contribute to this type of accident involving an elderly individual include:

  • Impaired Vision. Age-related eye problems such as cataracts and glaucoma alter the person’s peripheral vision, visual acuity, and depth perception. These eye conditions that affect the elderly make them more susceptible to a slip and fall incident.
  • Medication. Many senior citizens regularly use medications. Prescription medication can affect mental awareness, balance, light-headedness, and equilibrium, and can hinder a person’s ability to react to situations that may cause him to fall. These effects may actually contribute to the fall.
  • Lack of physical activity. Without regular physical activity the body loses strength, muscle tone, bone mass, and flexibility. This not only makes a person more prone to slip and falls but also increases the time it takes to recover from an injury.

Although a senior citizen may be more prone to slip and fall accidents, this does not mean it is the fault of the older person. If you are an elderly individual who has been injured in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation from a property owner who failed to maintain their premises. To discuss your legal options, contact an experienced attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free legal consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham