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Medico-Legal Update - An International Journal
Year : 2011, Volume : 11, Issue : 1

Print ISSN : 0971-720X. Online ISSN : 0973-5672.

An analysis of 188 cases of fall from height at Belgaum, Karnataka

Gouda Hareesh S., Assistant Professor, Kumar T.S. Ajay, Post Graduate

Dept. of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, J.N.Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding author: Dr. Hareesh.S. Gouda Assistant Professor, Dept. of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, J.N. Medical College, Belgaum-590010, Karnataka State, INDIA. Telephone: +919620237977. E mail: hareeshfmt@rediffmail.com

Abstract

Fall is an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently, on the ground or floor or other lower level as per World Health Organization. As per National Crimes Record Bureau of India, fall from height accounted for 2.6% of accidental deaths and for 2.8% of accidental deaths due to un-natural causes in India in the year 2008. In this study, 188 cases of fall from height admitted to the KLE's Dr.Prabhakar Kore Hospital & MRC, Belgaum, Karnataka, during the period from 01-01-2009 to 31-12-2009 were analyzed. Males outnumbered females with ratio being 3:1. Majority of the victims were in the age group 21–30 years (25%) and more than 50% victims were in the earning age group of 21–50 years. Victims from urban areas (55.9%) were more than rural (44.1%). Most of the falls (41%) occurred during the afternoon and evening hours and during summer months (36.1%) with maximum cases in the month of April (11.8%). More than 50% falls occurred at home. Majority of the victims fell from the staircase (25%), followed by tree (12.8%). Head and face was the most commonly injured region (37.5%). Mortality rate was 10.1% and in majority of the cases cause of death was head injury (47.4%).

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Keywords

Fall from height, staircase, mortality, cause of death, head injury.

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