Falls cause most in­juries

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - RENEE CLAY­TON

The loss of bal­ance and per­sonal con­trol is the num­ber one rea­son for in­creas­ing ACC claims in Rod­ney.

The num­ber of claims ACC re­ceives from the Rod­ney district is in­creas­ing yearly with a to­tal of 28,644 made last year.

A to­tal of 24,351 claims were made in Rod­ney in 2014, cost­ing a to­tal of $20,245,161 and 25,044 were made in 2015 cost­ing $23,355,250.

In 2016 the num­ber of claims raised by 3,600, cost­ing $20,500,049.

Falls were the num­ber one cause of in­jury at all ages through­out the three years.

ACC’s Suzanne Muth said stat­ics show falls are the main cause of in­jury amoung peo­ple aged 65 and above.

In 2014 the num­ber of re­lated claims was 5,804, in 2015 it was 6,787, and in 2016 it had in­creased to 6,556 claims for falls.

Peo­ple need to ‘‘re­move damp leaves, other veg­e­ta­tion and moss from path­ways, and use metal or rub­ber tread strips on stairs,’’ Muth said.

The sec­ond most com­mon claim was a re­sult of lift­ing, car­ry­ing or a strain. The num­ber of claims in 2014 for this was 3,648, in 2015 it was 3,796, and last year it was 4,213.

Slip­ping was re­ported as the third most com­mon with 2,465 claims last year.

The most com­mon di­ag­no­sis in 2016 was burns and the sec­ond most com­mon was con­cus­sions.

‘‘Make sure all paths and stairs are well lit. Sen­sor lights and so­lar-pow­ered lamps are avail­able from hard­ware stores.’’

Suzanne Muth

Falls were the num­ber one cause of in­jury at all ages through­out the three years.

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