California’s property and business owners have an obligation to keep their properties in good condition. When they fail to clear obstacles or otherwise exercise negligence and you fall as a result, you may be able to hold them accountable for your medical and other associated expenses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your chance of suffering a serious injury or fatality in a fall on someone’s property increases if you identify as an older adult. Falls are so common among those in your age group that they are now its top cause of injuries and fatalities.
Each day, another 10,000 Americans turn 65, and adults 65 and over experienced 29 million falls in 2014 alone. Of those 29 million falls, about 27,000 resulted in deaths, and another 7 million resulted in injuries serious enough to warrant medical treatment. The costs associated with these falls are also staggering. Each year falls among members of your age group lead to about $31 billion in related Medicare costs.
While you may not be able to control factors such as wet floors or obstructed store aisles, there are several steps you might take to reduce your chances of falling and injuring yourself. Undergo vision tests at least once a year and get new glasses whenever the need arises. Also, take a look around your living environment and eliminate any potential fall hazards you identify. You may also find that certain forms of exercise, among them Tai Chi, may enhance your strength and balance and boost the chances of you staying on your feet.