Have you got any elderly relatives? Have any of them ever suffered a nasty fall? An elderly relative’s fall can be a worrying experience, not to mention a very painful one for them. Elderly people are sometimes more prone to suffering more severe injuries than someone of a younger age would be. For example their skin is thinner and they may be frailer than younger people, all of which can add up to the potential for worse injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of a number of companies with experience of litigation in this area. Sometimes there could be a clear reason why an elderly relative’s fall took place, and it could point to negligence on the part of someone else. For example one of the most common things to happen is for an elderly person to fall as they trip over something on the street. A raised paving stone could be a potential hazard if it is raised enough to be a clear tripping hazard.
How can such falls be prevented?
Sometimes things do happen and people have falls, and not all of them can be prevented. However, if a paving stone is significantly higher than others on the pavement it would constitute a clear tripping hazard. This could easily be prevented if the stone was lifted, lowered and re-laid to the correct level.
Of course it may be too late in your situation to prevent a relative suffering a fall. Many other people have been in similar situations with their relatives and when this happens it is wise to ensure you can get no-obligation legal advice. There may be a chance you could claim compensation for your relative as the result of a fall they have suffered, if they have sustained some nasty injuries.
What kinds of injuries might they suffer?
It is possible for all kinds of injuries to be sustained in this situation. For example they might hurt their knees and hands, not to mention suffering from some serious facial injuries that might require further treatment to recover from. An accident can also really shake up an elderly person and they may need time to recover from that too.
If you have been in this situation and you wish to get no-obligation advice, make sure you get it from Accident Advice Helpline. One quick call to 0800 689 0500 will set the ball rolling.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown