The forces involved in a slip and fall accident are easy enough to cause broken bones. You can slip when you lose your balance, stumble when you catch your foot with something or in it, and fall when you fall suddenly. Spills, ice, snow, rain, loose floor mats, rugs, and ladders are some of the common causes of slips, trips and falls. In addition, poor lighting and clutter can cause injuries such as sprains, strains, bruises, bumps, fractures, scratches and cuts.
Slips and trips often cause falls if a person loses their balance. Workers can also fall from ladders or stools that are unsafe or placed on uneven ground. Injuries that can result from a slip, trip, or fall can include sprains, strains, broken bones, tears, dislocations and pain. Falls from portable ladders (staggered, straight, combined and extended) are one of the leading causes of professional deaths and injuries.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries that leave victims unable to work, cover their medical expenses, or provide for their families. In addition, some orthopedic injuries can develop without any specific incident, such as carpal tunnel due to constant typing and using the mouse or lower back problems due to improper posture and poor quality office equipment. While slip and fall cases can be difficult depending on the circumstances, an attorney can offer the experience needed for a successful recovery. 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.
Even when fall victims don't break their bones, they can suffer serious and painful damage in the form of soft tissue injuries. While some soft tissue injuries heal on their own and may only need rest or physical therapy, more serious damage may require surgical repair. If you were injured in a slip and fall, you may suffer one of the most common injuries from these types of accidents. While slip and fall injuries vary from person to person depending on the circumstances that led to the accident, many victims suffer similar symptoms of fall injuries.
A person who suffers a slip and fall or a tripping and falling accident can suffer a spinal cord injury if they hit their back against an object or against the ground, or if their torso or back is twisted in any way during the fall. Soft-tissue injuries from slips and falls or trip and fall accidents can include sprains and torn ligaments or muscle and tendon strains and tears. Slip or trip and fall accidents represent one of the most common types of liability accidents at facilities. Slip or trip and fall accidents can also cause other types of injuries to the spine and back, such as vertebral fractures, herniated discs, or muscle strains and tears.