ROCHESTER, N.Y. – If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve fallen at least a few times in your life. Usually you can simply pick yourself up and continue your day but sometimes a fall can cause catastrophic injuries; and as one recent study found, falls can be deadlier than car crashes.
According to an annual report in the Australian state of Victoria, more than 450 people over the age of 64 died after falling from heights of less than three feet in just the past year. In comparison, just over 300 people were killed in car accidents during the study’s time frame.
A Rochester slip and fall lawyer says the statistics mirror the data assembled in the United States.
“Falls are surprisingly common but we rarely hear about them because some victims believe their fall was ‘embarrassing’ even though it’s often not their fault in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Almost all of our clients’ injuries were preventable.”
An estimated 2.5 million Americans over the age of 65 are treated in emergency rooms for falls every year. Most often, they suffer head injuries or a hip fracture but falls can also result in wrist injuries, spinal cord injuries and ankle sprains.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said falls, above car crashes, are the most common cause behind concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. It is estimated that falls cost Americans over $34 billion in direct medical costs each year.
The Australian trauma report, released in July, noted a significant rise in serious injuries and fatalities among older men, falling from ladders and falls contributed to a significant number of work-related deaths and injuries.
“Construction workers, for example, are at a high risk for fall-related injuries,” Cellino said. “Thousands of workers are hurt on the job every year after falling down stairs or falling from a height and many times, our investigation finds that companies aren’t implementing sound safety plans to prevent these injuries.”
It’s estimated that around 40 percent of fatal construction accidents occur as a result of a slip or fall. The newest information found that home builders and painters face the greatest risk of falling.
Cellino & Barnes is a proud supporter of the Rochester, Central New York and Western New York communities. Our lawyers are honored to help their neighbors obtain justice and recover from a variety of personal injuries.
If you’ve been injured, a Rochester slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes could help you obtain the best result possible.