Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and Fall Accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury. Almost everyone slips and falls at one point in their lives, and while many injuries are very slight and easy to remedy, others can cause very serious injuries and require long-term treatment in order for the victim to recover.
Although there are a number of injuries that can occur. some of the most common slip and fall injuries include the following.
Table Of Contents
- Head Injuries
- Broken or Fractured Hip Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Ankle and Wrist Sprains
- What to do When a Slip and Fall Accident Occurs
Head injuries from a slip and fall accident are very common and can vary greatly from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury.
If head injuries are not recognized and treated quickly, the pain can become prolonged, and accident victims run the risk of suffering from significant impairment, ongoing seizures, mood swings, cognitive lapses, and other debilitating symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Broken or Fractured Hip Injuries
Breaking or fracturing a hip bone is almost always associated with old people, however they are actually a very common slip and fall injury that can happen to people of all ages.
A hip fracture will often require surgery to correct the issue, and then hospitalization is often necessary for up to a week after the surgery. Many patients will then need on-going rehabilitation to return to their normal function and mobility.
This is a devastating injury for anyone to endure, and can be even more so for the elderly who will often have a more difficult recovery than someone who is younger.
Slipping and falling will often result in a shoulder dislocation or strain. Many people reach out an arm to try and brace themselves when falling, however landing this way is what can cause the shoulder dislocation or strain.
There are a network of nerves that connect the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm and hand. When the shoulder is forced downward by a violent blow, the nerves can be torn or stretched in the process. This can be a very painful injury that often requires surgery to fix.
Many shoulder injury victims will require extensive physical therapy rehabilitate the injured joint. Unfortunately, some patients never regain the full function or range of motion in their shoulder.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spine and nerves are very fragile, so when a slip and fall accident happens, vertebrae fractures, herniated discs, and nerve damage can occur.
If the spine becomes severely injured, it can takes months to recovery, if not a lifetime of complications and suffering.
Ankle and Wrist Sprains
During a slip and fall, it's quite common to land heavily on a wrist, or to begin the fall because of a twisted ankle.
The ligaments in the wrist and ankles can tear easily causing a sprain or strain to occur. Our ligaments do not receive a lot of blood, so sprains and strains can take a long time to heal and require physical therapy for several months.
Of all the mentioned injuries, and ankle or wrist sprain may not seem that bad. However, they can still interfere with one's daily activities. For example if an ankle is sprained, the victim may not be able to walk or drive a vehicle. Everyday tasks that we take for granted when we are healthy can become an impairment when we are injured.
What to do When a Slip and Fall Accident Occurs
If you were injured in a Slip and Fall Accident and you believe it was caused because of someone else's negligence, it's important to contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal help.
As discussed, slip and fall accidents can cause some very serious injuries, and you should not be left responsible for the medical payments or other financial burdens that arise because of the accident.
When you're hurt because of another's careless actions, you have a legal right to file a claim for accident compensation. Trying to file this claim on your own can be very difficult and many people are not given the money they deserve when they are not represented by a legal expert.
Insurance companies will often try to down play slip and fall injuries, and without an in-depth understanding of the legal system, it's quite complicated to try and defend yourself and get the insurance company to pay you the amount of money that you're actually owed.
When you hire a personal injury attorney, you will not have to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. Your lawyer will handle all negotiations along with collecting all the necessary documents need to support your claim for injury compensation.
The experienced attorneys at The Roth Firm will provide you with a free consultation so we can speak with you and find out how we can best assist with the recovery of your losses.
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