What Are the Common Injuries People Suffer in Slip and Fall Accidents?
Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death, resulting in 32,000 fatalities in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. This risk of injury in a slip and fall accident increases with age.
When business and property owners don't fulfill their duties to keep their properties safe for guests or post warnings of hazards, victims of slip and fall accidents may be able to hold them responsible for compensating them for their injuries.
Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents
People who don't die from a slip and fall accident can suffer serious injuries that may require extensive medical treatment and physical therapy. A victim of a slip and fall accident could be off work months while he recovers. Some victims suffer disabling injuries that prevent them from working altogether and limit their day-to-day activities.
Common injuries that accident victims suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common injuries caused in a fall. It can result in debilitating changes to a person’s memory, reasoning, emotions, mobility, vision, and hearing, and may lead to permanent disabilities.
- Hip fracture. A hip fracture is an especially serious injury for an older adult. Treatment almost always involves surgery and hospitalization. This is often followed by time in a rehabilitation center and physical therapy.
- Back and spinal cord injuries. Back injuries can range from strains and sprains to herniated discs and damaged vertebrae. These injuries may require long-term treatment and result in limitations in the activities that the victim once enjoyed and chronic pain. Spinal cord injuries may also leave a victim with devastating partial or complete paralysis.
- Shoulder injuries. A person can suffer a painful shoulder dislocation or a “brachial plexus injury,” which is damage to the nerves connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. A brachial plexus injury often requires surgery and months of physical therapy for the injury to heal.
- Broken bones. A slip and fall accident can cause a person to break many different bones, such as in his foot, leg, hand, hip, arm, or tailbone. He could suffer months of pain and limitations in movement while healing.
Were you or a family member injured in a slip and fall accident? These cases are challenging to prove, and you need the assistance of an experienced premises liability attorney if you want to obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, fill out our online form today.