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Spotlighting the severity of ground-level falls

It may be easy for many in Brooklyn to dismiss those who seek civil action following a slip-and-fall accident as people simply looking for a quick cash grab. This line of thinking no doubt comes from the assumption that ground-level falls cannot produce significant injuries. Most have likely experienced a moment where a false step caused them to lose their balance and fall. Often, one simply uses his or her hands or arms to absorb the impact and is able to walk away with nothing more than wounded pride. Yet depending on the circumstances contributing to them as well as the demographic profile of those who suffer them, falls can easily produce devastating results. 

The World Health Organization reports that every year, 37.7 million falling accidents produce results severe enough to require medical attention. What contributes to the severity of fall injuries? In many cases, it is the lack of anticipation. A slip on a slick surface can often not be foreseen (especially in places one would not expect such a condition). Such an incident can leave one with virtually no time to react, exposing his or her head, shoulders, hips and ankles to sudden (and unprotected) impacts with the hard ground. 

Falls are alarmingly common amongst the elderly, with such accidents often producing even more extreme results. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans over the age of 65 will experience a fall every year. That amounts to an older adult being treated in an emergency room for a fall roughly every 11 seconds. Such treatment (regardless of the age of those receiving it) can be quite costly, thus prompting many of those who need it to seek compensation from those responsible for creating the conditions that contributed to their accidents. 

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