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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls for the elderly


    Every year, a third of people aged over 65 years old in the UK suffer slips, trips and falls. Sometimes it is impossible to avoid a fall when elderly, but experts estimate that around a third of falls are preventable. If you’ve suffered a fall and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim slip, trip or fall compensation.

    Slips, trips or falls in the elderly: the facts and figures

    According to statistics from the Department of Health, a third of people over 65 fall every year and of these, approximately a third will fall again within the next 12 months. Falls are the most common cause of fractures among elderly people and they cost the NHS around £5 billion per year. Sixty two per cent of older people who die as a result of an accident have had a fall and half of patients who have fractured their hip after falling never regain total function. More than 95 per cent of hip fractures are caused by falling.

    According to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, falls account for 20 per cent of annual ambulance emergency calls.

    How to reduce the risk of falls in public places for elderly people

    Shop and supermarket managers, hospital owners and proprietors of public places are required to comply with stringent health and safety policies to try and prevent accidents in public places. Measures that may help to reduce the risk of falls in a public place include:

    • Keeping stairways clear
    • Placing warning signs around uneven surfaces, changes in the level of flooring and spillages
    • Ensuring that slippery surfaces are wiped clean as quickly as possible
    • Providing a lift for those that have trouble with stairs
    • Using doormats for people to dry and wipe their feet
    • Ensuring that flooring is in good condition
    • Ensuring that passageways and stairways are well lit
    • Installing hand rails in public toilets
    • Ensuring that banisters are in good working order

    What to do if you have fallen

    If you have fallen in a public place, the incident occurred within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline. The company was launched in 2000 to provide a reliable, convenient legal service for clients. The firm employs an expert team with experience in handling no win, no fee’ personal injury claims, road traffic accident claims, work accident claims and slip, trip or fall compensation. They are also supported by TV consumer rights champion, Esther Rantzen. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

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    Date Published: November 5, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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