5 Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries are extremely serious. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls are behind over 8 million trips to the emergency room each year, leading all other reasons. Slip and falls that happen at work are the most frequent cause of lost days and the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Perhaps most frightening of all, half of all accidental deaths that occur in American homes are a result of fall injuries. Falls can be particularly dangerous for those who are over the age of 65, as they are the second leading cause of injury-related death, and the leading cause of injury-related death for those over the age of 85. In far too many instances, slip and fall injuries are the direct result of negligence on the part of a property owner or manager. If you or someone you love was injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit that will provide compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
There are many different types of injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident. These include:
- Fractures – Of all the injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident, fractures and broken bones are among the most common. Though most heal, fractures can give rise to a number of complications, including neurovascular damage, blood clots, and more.
- Head – When a slip and fall results in a head injury, the end result can be as mild as a bump to as serious as a traumatic brain injury and brain damage. Victims can require rehabilitation and long-term care.
- Torn tendons and ligaments – Though a torn tendon or ligament may seem a minor injury, it can have very real long-term consequences, including extended recovery periods, pain, and loss of ability. In many cases these injuries require repair through surgery.
- Broken hip or pelvis – This injury is most common in the elderly, and can result in the need for surgery and prolonged inpatient or nursing home care. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, among older women the mortality rate doubles in the first year after suffering a broken hip.
- Back, spine and neck – These types of injuries may result from the fall itself or from trying to avoid a fall by catching yourself. The physical impact of either can lead to a broken back, slipped disks, pulled muscles and more that require surgery or cause chronic pain.
Any of the injuries listed above can lead to medical expenses, lost wages, lost abilities, pain, and more. The impact on your physical and financial wellbeing, as well as your quality of live, can be devastating. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to getting you the compensation you need to help you get your life back in order following a slip and fall injury. Call us today to set up a free appointment to discuss how we can help.