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Tips for Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury

Did you know that a U.S. senior visits the emergency room because of a fall every 11 seconds? Unfortunately, slips and falls are all too common among the older population and lead to serious injuries such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. The good news is that there are a variety of ways seniors and younger individuals can avoid slips, trips, and falls. Keep reading to learn how.

If you or a loved one slips, trips, and falls as a result of another party’s negligence, reach out to our highly skilled Chicago slip and fall lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We can help you determine liability and recover compensation for damages like medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

Difference Between Slips, Trips, and Falls

Although the terms slips, trips, and falls often get used interchangeably, they actually have different meanings. Slips occur when you have insecure footing due to a loss of balance. Trips arise when you lose balance after coming in contact with an object. Lastly, falls are the result of failed or missing support. Both slips and trips usually lead to falls.

How to Reduce the Risk of Slips, Trips, and Falls

By following these safety precautions, you can significantly reduce your chances of slipping, tripping, and falling.

Understand Medication Side Effects

If you take over-the-counter and/or prescription medications, ask your doctor about their side effects. You may find that a drug causes you to become dizzy and sleepy and therefore raises your risk of a slip, trip, and fall. If one or a few of your medications do come with side effects that affect your balance and alertness, find out if your doctor can recommend alternatives.

Be Cautious On Stairs

Stairs can be dangerous, especially when you’re not paying complete attention. Get into the habit of using handrails and use an elevator if you don’t feel confident that you can walk up or down the stairs safely. Also, ensure the stairs in your home are well lit and refrain from running on them.

Wear the Right Shoes

If possible, invest in a few comfortable pairs of close toed shoes with nonskid soles and rubber heals. Try to avoid wearing high heels and open sandals as these are known to increase slip, trip, and fall risk. In addition, clean your shoes thoroughly every time you enter a building in snowy or rainy weather.

Clear Clutter

A cluttered home can cause you to feel stressed and create an environment where it’s easy to slip, trip, and fall. For this reason, you should make sure your home is free of clutter at all times. You may want to add extra storage bins and cabinets to various rooms so that you have somewhere to put all of your items.

Install Grab Bars and Handrails

Grab bars and handrails are safety devices that can make it easier and safer for you to perform everyday activities like going up and down the stairs, getting on and off the toilet, and stepping in and out of the bathtub. Fortunately, they’re inexpensive and easy to install.

Avoid Very Loose Clothing

While it can be tempting to wear loose clothing while lounging around the house, baggy clothes can increase your risk of falling because they can easily bunch up or drag on the floor. Try to wear tighter-fitting clothing that’s still comfortable.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you sustain a slip, trip, and fall injury despite your best efforts to prevent one, don’t hesitate to consult Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. We have successfully represented many victims who have suffered from a slip, trip, and fall injury that was not their fault. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.