If you have an elderly parent or relative, you may worry about slip and fall accidents. Indeed, Florida slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of broken bones and emergency room admittances in older Florida residents. In serious cases, slip and fall accidents can lead to Florida head injuries and other serious injuries as well. Luckily, there are many ways that families and friends can help elderly loved ones:
1) Stay aware. Staying aware of medical conditions, such as dementia or eye problems, which can affect an elderly person’s ability to see and walk without accidental trips. That way, you can remind someone about their medications or condition and keep alert for signs of problems.
2) Help make someone’s home safer. No-slip rugs and grab bars in the bathroom are important safety measures for elderly loved ones. If there are lots of stairs in your elderly parent or relative’s home, motorized lifts or ramps can make these hazards less dangerous.
3) Consider extra help. A nurse stopping in a few times a week can help an elderly parent cope with medical changes. Hired help around the home ensures that a loved one does not fall while trying to do yard work or cleaning. Even a few hours a week of help can help prevent accidents and overwork.
4) Keep communication open with your loved one and their physician. It can be useful to visit your relative’s physician during a regular check-up. This gives you an option of finding out about any medications or conditions you should be aware of. You can also use the opportunity to ask the doctor about anything you can do to keep your relative safer.
If your loved one has suffered a slip and fall accident, contact the Flaxman Law Group to find out if you have a case. Arrange for a free consultation with one of our trained legal team members to find out your rights and options. If the accident was caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence, your loved one could recover damages, which can help pay for necessary treatment for the injuries. The Flaxman Law Group serves Miami, Hollywood, Homestead, and surrounding areas.