In November 2016, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away in his sleep after suffering a fall in his home earlier that evening. He was 82-years-old. Although Cohen's passing is not explicitly linked to his fall, there is the possibility that he was predisposed to falling as the result of a health condition.
As we age, we become more likely to develop certain health conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease, arthritis, and diabetes. These health conditions can have complications that put us at an increased risk of falling and being injured. These complications can include numbness in the extremities and postural hypotension, which is a drop in blood pressure when an individual stands. Also, a loss of muscle tone and decreased sense of vision and balance can also contribute to older individuals' increased risk of falling. When an individual suffers an injury because of a fall, they can suffer significant financial damages.
Reduce Your Loved One's Risk of Falling With Regular Health Screenings
If you have a loved one who is over the age of 65 or if you yourself are over 65, regular health screenings are critical. Each year, a physician can perform routine testing to determine your risk of developing conditions like glaucoma, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, and others. Use the time with your doctor to discuss any symptoms you experience and concerns you have.
Health screenings are one type of preventative measure you can take against falls. Another is fall-proofing your home or your loved one's home. Fall-proofing a home requires you to walk through all areas to assess whether they can be made safer for individuals who might fall. Look for loose handrails, walls with nothing to hold onto, slippery floors, and broken steps. Then, take the time to repair broken features and install safety products, like grab bars and grip tape, on those that have none.
Bridgeton Slip and Fall Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Can Help You Pursue Compensation for Your Damages After a Fall
If you or an older relative has suffered severe injuries in a fall, have the injuries examined by a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner a fall victim receives an accurate diagnosis and treatment, the better their chance of making a full, quick recovery. After seeking medical attention, fill out our online form or call 609-476-4044 x 203 to set up your initial consultation with our team of Bridgeton slip and fall lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC. Our team is proud to represent victims of slip and falls in South Jersey, including those from Bridgeton, Maurice River Township, Vineland, Millville, Buena Vista, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and all of Cumberland County.