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Young adults slip or fall frequently

Ohio residents may not know that, according to research from Purdue University, young adults are more likely than their elders to trip and fall while engaging in everyday activities, such as walking and talking. The study took place over four months and took daily data via an online survey from 94 undergraduate students.

The study found that each student on average slipped or tripped once a week but were able to recover their balance for the most part. However, 52 percent of the participants actually fell at least once during the study period. Of these falls, 16 percent resulted in a fall injury. Four percent of those falls resulted in the need for medical attention.

In addition to the number of falls the young participants experienced, the study also looked at the factors that were related to the falls. For example, substance abuse contributed to 9 percent of the falls while 3 percent occurred while the person was texting on their phone. Further, about 33 percent of the falls occurred while the participant was indoors. The number of falls also increased as the person's activity or physical increased.

Falls can also occur as a result of dangerous property that has not been well-managed, such as a wet floor in a supermarket or a trench in a public parking lot. Because the owners of the property are responsible for keeping their premises maintained and to give adequate warnings for any hazards, they could be held responsible for any falls that occur and that result in the person being injured. An attorney who has experience in premises liability litigation can often aid an injured victim in seeking compensation.

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