Have you encountered a fall recently?

Published 09 Oct 2015

Regardless of height, a fall at any age can have serious long-term implications to your standard of life. For example, you could be off work for a substantial amount of time or have to cover the cost of treatment, ongoing care or medical equipment.

As such, it is important to highlight the rising number of Australians who are experience falls requiring hospitalisation. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) new report, falls accounted for 40 per cent of all hospital cases, ahead of transport crashes (12 per cent) over a 13 year period.

AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison explained that total hospitalisation cases have increased steadily across the country.

"Our report found that the rate of hospitalised injury increased by an average of 1 per cent per year from 1999-00 to 2012-13," he explained.

"The injury rate was about 1,700 per 100,000 people at the beginning of the period, but had risen to almost 1,900 by the end."

Who is at risk from a fall?

In the most recent year of statistics (2012-13), the AIHW reported that more than 170,000 people required hospitalisation because of a fall. Broken down, the majority of falls were encountered by women and those over the age of 65. 

However, these are incidents that can occur to anyone at any time - highlighting the importance of spreading this message of fall danger.

Insight into fall injuries

As mentioned above, falls are a risk that we all encounter. This means it is important to consider some of the consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 20 per cent of falls cause a serious injury such as a head injury or broken bones. If you do fall, this means it can be hard to complete everyday activities, live alone or even get around as normal. This is where a superannuation claim can help your situation. 

Superannuation claim

If you believe you should have received a pay out for your illness, or the amount you have received is insufficient, there could be grounds for a superannuation claim. In this situation, it is recommended to contact the expert team who operate on a no win, no fee basis.

This means you won't pay out unless your claim is successful, so you don't have to worry about facing any further financial issues.

For more information about making a superannuation claim, reach out to our consultants today.

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