The Six Most Common Injuries From Slip Or Trip And Fall Accidents
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs):
TBIs happen when a person hits their head on the ground when they fall. Brain injuries can range from minor injuries small concussions, bumps, and bruises to major injuries like skull fractures, hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. TBIs can be devastating to a person’s quality of life. Severe TBIs can impact brain function, cause seizures, and loss of bodily control.
Spinal Cord Injuries:
Spinal cord injuries can happen when a person hits the ground with their back or twists and overexerts themselves to avoid a fall. Spinal cord injuries can include slipped discs, hernias, and even paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are very difficult to treat and cause severe chronic pain. There are also a number of unpleasant side effects like loss of mobility, muscle spasms, and fatigue.
Broken Hips Or Pelvis:
Broken hips and pelvis bones are a common injury senior citizens sustain from a fall. However, the impact of a fall can lead to hip or pelvis fractures in anyone. Hip and pelvis fractures almost always require surgery. They can be incredibly painful and require a long recovery period. In many cases a broken hip or pelvis can permanently impact a person’s mobility.
Shoulder Or Neck Injury:
Shoulder and neck injuries result from landing on your shoulder or neck from a fall. They can also happen from overexertion from trying to prevent the fall. Neck injuries can range from muscle sprains to spinal injuries to even paralysis. Shoulder injuries from falls usually result in shoulder dislocation, torn nerves, or collarbone breaks. Even minor neck and shoulder injuries are incredibly painful and often require surgery.
Limb fractures happen when the force of the impact breaks a bone in a person’s arms or legs. Seniors are particularly susceptible to limb fractures, because as people age their bones become more brittle. Limb fractures usually always require surgeries that have long recovery periods. After surgery, people have have to wear casts for months that limit their ability to function in their daily lives. Many time limb breaks will lead to chronic pain and limited mobility.
Torn Ligaments, Tendons, And Muscles:
Most of the time torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles result from a person over exerting themselves in attempt to stop the fall. These are extremely painful injuries and usually require surgery and years of physical therapy. Patients rarely ever regain full mobility after these types of injuries.
As you can see, injuries from slip or trip and falls can be very serious. They can result in long term health issues and treatment for these injuries can be very costly. Therefore, if you have been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident, you need to seek compensation from the liable parties immediately to pay for the long term costs of treating your injuries. A personal injury attorney, like our experienced professionals at All Injuries Law Firm can help. We can help you document your injury, prove fault, and negotiate a fair settlement to pay for your medical treatments. So if you’ve been injured in a slip or trip and fall, call us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.