In the winter, it is not uncommon for individuals to slip on a patch of ice and go down hard. Many will get up, slightly embarrassed at their fall or frustrated at the ice patch, and go about their day. However, some individuals suffer injuries that require medical attention after slipping on ice.
Despite increased awareness about elderly slip and falls, the issue is on the rise. A CDC review of the data doesn't just show an increase, but a massive jump in the number of emergency visits, hospitalizations and deaths since 2007.