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Hip Fractures Dangerous for Older Women

Posted On 11/18/13

A piece of carpeting that has come untacked. A cardboard box that an employee forgot to remove from an aisle in a store. A section of broken concrete in a sidewalk. These potential obstacles may not appear to be life threatening, but many people are injured in preventable accidents from just such obstacles. A recent study shows how dangerous hip fractures can be, for women over the age of 65.

The study, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, analyzed 20 years of data on older women with hip fractures. Their results were startling. Hip fractures in this population resulted in:

  • Twice the risk of death within a year for all women over 65
  • Five times the risk death within a year for women ages 65 to 69
  • Increased risk for death for 10 years following the fracture for women ages 65 to 69
  • Increased mortality risk regardless of other health factors

Women with hip fractures, when compared to a same-age group, had similar mortality rates for heart disease, stroke and infection, but the hip fracture group showed greater mortality rates linked to pneumonia and cognitive disorders. Breaking a hip may not be immediately fatal, but, for older women, this injury poses a serious threat.

Hip fractures are also a costly injury, especially if they result in permanent disability. If you fall and are injured because someone else was negligent, you have the legal right to make a claim for damages. At Begam & Marks, we are committed to making sure clients who are injured in a after a fall receive fair compensation so they can live the fullest lives possible after the accident.