Slips, Trips and Falls: How to Stay Safe in the Home

Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009, according to the National Safety Council.

The risk of falling rises with age and is a serious issue for the elderly in homes and communities. Take time to remove fall hazards from your home or your elderly loved ones home. Here are the most common locations for falls and some simple steps you can take to prevent them:

1. Doorways: Secure all electrical and phone cords around these areas.

2. Ramps: Make sure every ramp in your home or in your loved ones home is correctly installed and there no breaks in the ramp.

3. Cluttered Hallways: Keep all hallways clear of newspapers, toys, canes, etc. Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats

4. Uneven surfaces: Repair damages where necessary.

5. Areas prone to wetness or spills: Use a non-skid mat in these areas.

6. Unguarded Heights: Never stand on a chair, table, or other unstable surface. Always use a step ladder.

7. Ladders: Make sure your ladder is on a stable, flat surface and you are comfortable performing the task at hand before stepping onto a ladder.

8. Stairs: Never clutter stairs and remove any loose carpeting.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip, trip or fall accident due to the negligence of a property owner, contact Fine, Olin & Anderman for your free consultation today.

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Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, most from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP