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    Five potential accidents to avoid for the elderly


    Five potential accidents to avoid for the elderly

    The elderly are among the most vulnerable groups when it comes to slips, trips and falls. Accidents can happen at any time, but if you’ve had a slip, trip, or fall and it wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim for compensation.

    Slips, trips and falls as potential accidents

    People of all ages are at risk of slips, trips and falls and accidents at work, but older people usually have a higher risk. Statistics show that falls in public places are most common in this age group, especially in the winter months when there is ice on the ground.

    Along with that there may be wet surfaces inside as a result of snow-covered shoes and drenched umbrellas propped up in the hallways of shops, libraries and hospitals. According to NHS figures, a third of people aged over 65 years old fall each year.

    5 potential accidents for older people to avoid

    1. Falling on the pavement

    Anyone can trip or fall on a pavement, especially if the weather conditions are bad or there is a pot hole or loose drain cover on the path, but figures show that falls are most common among older people. Sometimes, it is impossible to prevent a fall, but other times, you may trip through no fault of your own. If you’ve had a fall and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim slip, trip, or fall compensation.

    1. Slipping in the supermarket

    Supermarkets are surprisingly hazardous places and all kinds of potential accidents waiting o happen. This could be slipping on a wet floor to being hit by a falling object from the top shelf. Supermarket managers have a duty to provide shoppers with a safe environment. So if you’ve slipped, tripped or fallen in a supermarket, or any other public place, you may have a legitimate personal injury claim.

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    1. Slipping on ice

    Ice is one of the major causes of broken bones, strains, sprains and dislocations. If you are heading out in the winter months take extra care to look where you are going, wear suitable, well-fitting footwear with plenty of grip and avoid going out when the weather conditions are very dangerous.

    1. Falling at work

    Workplace accidents affect thousands of people every year in the UK, including many people aged over 60. Causes of workplace injuries include slipping on surfaces, falling down the stairs and tripping over uneven flooring and frayed carpets.

    1. Hearing loss

    If you have worked in an industry that involves exposure to loud noises on a day to day basis, you may have started to experience hearing loss. If your job has caused you to lose your hearing, you may be eligible for work accident compensation.

    Can I make a claim?

    If you have had a slip, trip or fall in the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault or you have sustained an injury or illness as a result of an accident at work, you may wish to consider claiming compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline has more than ten years of experience in helping people to claim compensation for road traffic accidents, work-related injuries and slips, trips and falls. They have an expert legal team in place and they work on a no win, no fee basis.

    Date Published: November 4, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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