Palm Beach County plans health fairs to reduce slip and fall accidents

In an effort to tackle the large number of slip and fall accidents reported in Palm Beach County, Florida, officials announced three senior health fairs in January.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said 87 percent of the 911 calls they received in 2015 were regarding medical emergencies. The most common calls they responded to involved slip and fall accidents. They have collaborated with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and the Board of County Commissioners to organize three health fairs on January 19, 25 and 26.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue community education specialist Elyse Weintraub Brown commented, “Our goal is to connect Palm Beach County residents with valuable lifesaving information and services that will empower them to make informed decisions related to their health, safety and overall happiness.”

While slip and falls can happen to anyone at any time, seniors are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries from such accidents. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to head trauma and broken bones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in three adults aged 65 or above falls down each year.

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a wide range of places such as supermarkets, restaurants, parking lots, sidewalks or even at home. There are a number of basic steps that can be taken to ensure one’s safety during day-to-day life. Being aware of surroundings, using handrails, wearing shoes with traction and removing clutter around the home are some measures that can contribute to preventing slip and fall accidents.

It is important to note that determining fault can be more complicated than it might seem. If you were injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.