Nursing Home Falls: Prevention and Reporting

Nursing Home Falls: Prevention and Reporting

Try as we might to avoid them, there are inescapable physical changes that happen to us as we age. One of the hardest to handle is delayed wound healing. Elderly bodies simply take longer to repair themselves. That’s why it’s so important for seniors to take precautions against hazards such as falling, which can result in broken bones, severe abrasions, concussions, permanent disabilities and even death. The statistics are...
National Safety Stand-Down Week

National Safety Stand-Down Week

May is a versatile month that sees national celebrations of mothers and veterans. It also designates a few days as a chance to highlight the dangers of falls to those that work in one of America’s most important industries — construction. Happening the first week of the month, National Safety Stand-Down is an opportune time to focus on fall hazards, especially given the fact that so many falls end...
Watch Your Step: Safety on Icy Sidewalks and Stairs

Watch Your Step: Safety on Icy Sidewalks and Stairs

Here in Georgia, we may not see the accumulations of snow that they get up North, but we certainly have to deal with the cold temperatures that are responsible for turning precipitation into ice. Slick, icy conditions turn roads treacherous and cause countless motor vehicle accidents every winter. But it’s not just drivers that need to be careful. Anyone walking outside is in danger of slipping and falling, which...
The Science of Slipping and Tripping

The Science of Slipping and Tripping

Personal injury actions oftentimes involve the testimony of expert witnesses who have specialized knowledge in particular subjects. These experts can help plaintiffs meet their burden of having to prove that the forces applied by the defendant’s action (or inaction) caused or substantially contributed to the injury. Conversely, defendants may try to poke holes in the case by using experts to show that the forces were insufficient to cause the...
For Older People, Falling May Be a Preventable Injury

For Older People, Falling May Be a Preventable Injury

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere to anyone. Of course, the risk of falling and getting injured increases with age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year, and these older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such...
See to Safety

See to Safety

Although it seems like yesterday for some of us, it was 22 years ago that Eric Clapton’s heart-wrenching song “Tears in Heaven” won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Written about the pain and loss that Clapton felt following the 1991 death of his four-year-old son, Conor, it was a private tragedy for a public figure – a tragedy that happens more...