Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise in Older Adults

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A new study found that the rate of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. among older adults is on the rise. The increase has been linked to an increase in the number of falls among older adults. 

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can lead to disability and chronic health problems. Spinal cord injuries can seriously impact a person’s quality of life and can vastly affect the amount of a person’s health care expenses.

The study examined over 63,000 patients with acute spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries among the younger male population declined, but the elderly had a high rate of increase. In those who are 65 years old and older, the percentage of spinal cord injuries associated with falls increased from 28 percent in 1997-2000 to 66 percent in 2010-2012. Experts believe the increase can be attributed to a more active older population when compared with the 1990s. They also believe that the problem will only be compounded in the future because of the aging population.

In some cases, a property owner can be held liable for a fall. If the property owner knew or should have known of a dangerous condition on the property and did nothing to warn visitors of the danger, the property owner may be held liable for damages.

If you have experienced a slip and fall accident because of a dangerous property condition and suffered injuries as a result, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy & Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Google Plus. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and you pay us nothing unless we obtain compensation for you. 

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