Fall injuries can occur at the most unexpected times to almost anyone and cause serious injuries such as broken bones and skull fractures. The World Health Organization notes that more than 37 million people per year require medical attention from falls and that such incidents are second only to car accidents as a major cause of sudden deaths across the globe.
While a fall can happen to almost anyone, the risk is higher for certain groups, and vulnerable individuals may want to remain aware of why falls happen as well as any possible consequences.
People over the age of 65 have the highest risk of becoming injured during a fall. This may occur for several reasons, including:
• Existing health problems
• Cognitive issues
When elderly people experience a fall, a hip fracture is usually the most common result, and this may lead to other health problems and reduced mobility in the aftermath.
Children usually become injured in falls for a variety of reasons, but younger kids are more likely to fall due to developing motor skills combined with curiosity. For example, a toddler may fall down a flight of stairs at a caregiver’s home or during an outing because he or she does understand the dangers that stairs might represent.
While both men and women experience falls, serious injuries are more likely to happen to men. Hazardous occupations, such as construction work, and a higher incidence of risk-taking among men may account for this statistic.
Those at a higher risk for falls can take steps to prevent injury, such as increased exercise for seniors that can improve their balance.