The forces involved in a slip and fall accident are easy enough to cause broken bones. Bone fractures occur when there is more pressure on the bone than it can bear. In slip and fall accidents, hip, wrist and ankle fractures are some of the most common types of bone fractures. Soft-tissue injuries aren't visible from the outside, so you might not even notice that you have a soft-tissue injury until days, or even weeks, after the initial fall.
Soft tissue injuries can range from minor ankle and wrist sprains to devastating tendon and ligament tears. If left untreated, soft tissue injuries can cause chronic pain and can also make you more vulnerable to subsequent injuries. Even if you feel good after a slip and fall accident, it's important to seek medical attention, as soft tissue injuries don't usually cause immediate symptoms. However, if the impact of the fall is strong enough, cuts and abrasions can affect more serious injuries, such as concussions and broken bones.
While slip and fall cases can be difficult depending on the circumstances, an attorney can offer the experience needed for a successful recovery. Sprains are a common problem after a slip and fall, and can create significant problems for victims. If you don't recognize or treat a traumatic brain injury, you may have secondary injuries that are even more serious than the first brain injury. Because the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, it is more susceptible to dislocation during a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries that leave victims unable to work, cover their medical expenses, or provide for their families. Traumatic brain injuries can range from minor injuries, such as minor concussions, bumps and bruises, to serious injuries, such as skull fractures, bruises, and subarachnoid hemorrhages. Unfortunately, slips and falls account for more than 1 million emergency room visits in the United States. Recovering from a serious injury suffered in a slip and fall accident generally requires extensive medical care and physical rehabilitation.
So what are the most common types of slips and falls? They can range from mild to severe and even fatal. While it's reassuring to note that most falls at work don't cause serious injuries, 2% of fatal workplace injuries are in fact due to falls from the same height, and 25%, much more so, to falls from a height. The most common injuries caused by these types of accidents, as expected, are fractures and dislocated joints. The impact on the body in a slip and fall accident can fracture the vertebrae or cause slips or herniated discs, causing severe pain and limited mobility.
A traumatic brain injury can be dangerous after a slip and fall because you may not realize the seriousness of the injury. When this happens because of a slip and fall accident, you may be able to claim compensation for future medical care, as well as for current hospital expenses.