For many years now, Accident Advice Helpline has been specialising in all areas of personal injury compensation. In that time we have developed unparalleled expertise when it comes to making a claim for compensation. Over the years, we have analysed the demographics of accidents and have noticed that some accidents are more likely to affect the elderly than the young. In this article, we’ll be having a look at five such accidents.
- Slips, trips and falls – Over time, your ability to react to a situation slows down. This means that as you age, you are less likely to be able to deal with a sudden slip or trip which can lead to serious injuries.
- Fatal road traffic accidents – Although young men are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision in general, the elderly are more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision. As you age, your ability to withstand injury and recover also diminishes. This can be exacerbated by the medication that many elderly people have to take, which can result in drowsiness and decreased reaction times.
- Hip fractures – Fractures, particularly hip fractures are one of the most debilitating results of an accident. Statistics by ROSPA show that 90% of hip fractures occur among those aged 50 and over.
- Manual handling accidents – Manual handling accidents occur when trying to lift an excessive load. This can be a particular danger for the elderly.
- Gardening accidents – Although everyone loves a spot of gardening, it is perhaps a hobby which is enjoyed more by the elderly. This means that elderly people are more likely to suffer a gardening injury such as a cut or allergic reaction.
Making a claim for compensation
It doesn’t matter whether you are elderly or young, if you’ve been injured in an accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact one of our friendly, professional advisors today for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone. You can also use our online 30-second test to find out just how much compensation you could be entitled to. Please note that a claim for compensation depends on a number of factors, so any amounts quoted are intended as guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice