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Falls are the leading cause of injury and fatality for older adults. It is important to know that, even though a third of older adults falls each year, falls are preventable. The New Jersey Division on Aging Services provides information to help older New Jersey residents prevent slip and fall accidents. Here are some preventative tips to ensure you or your loved one is safe.
Engage in Exercise: This helps with balance and strength building.
Medication: Ask your doctor if your medications or alcohol consumption increases your risk of falling.
Home Safety: Identify tripping and slipping hazards around your home.
Vision: Receive regular vision check-ups.
Furthermore, if you do suffer a slip and fall accident, do not stand up right away and remain calm and still. Then, take a few deep breaths and use a chair to steady yourself if you are able to stand up. Call for help if you are alone and then wait for it to arrive before moving. Additionally, always tell your doctor that you fell.
If you fall on someone else’s property, keep in mind that premises liability laws apply and property owners can be liable for hazardous conditions if they contribute to a fall. Some of these conditions include:
An owner has a responsibility to keep the property safe for everyone who visits or passes it for a legitimate purpose, including customers, social guests, passerby, and employees. Property owners should remedy any unsafe conditions within a reasonable amount of time and adequately warn visitors of any dangers.
If a slip and fall accident on another person’s property has left you or a loved one with injuries, you could be entitled to compensation. Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at Folkman Law can help. Contact us today at 856-354-9444 or complete our online questionnaire to learn how we will put our experience to work for you. We serve clients in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania.