BUFFALO, N.Y. – Falls are the number one reason patients are admitted to emergency rooms each year, according to studies. More than 8 million people are checked into hospitals after a slip, trip or fall and new research has found exercise could minimize the risk of injury.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, analyzed adults between 45 and 64 years of age. Researchers found that falls are the third leading cause of accidental death within this age group.
A Buffalo slip and fall lawyer with Cellino & Barnes says this type of accident can be costly and it may be covered by someone else’s insurance.
“The compensation and medical costs associated with a fall can cost an average of $22,000 for people in Buffalo,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many of these accidents could be someone else’s fault and our attorneys do everything they can to get our clients the best compensation possible.”
Researchers are finding just how serious slip and fall accidents are: costing an estimated $91 billion in emergency care and compensation each year. However, their study had a bright spot; showing some of the injuries could be prevented with regular exercise.
The analysis of national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those who exercised regularly had significantly fewer falls and injuries than those who were not physically active.
Those who had exercise routines reduced their risk of injury by 6 to 7 percent.
“Exercising can provide clear benefits but sometimes these accidents happen,” Cellino said. “We encourage people to be physically active but if an accident happens, having a good lawyer on your team has advantages too.”
Researchers hope their findings will influence more Americans to increase their physical activity and guide policies to prevent trips, slips and falls.