Many of us have childhood memories of running around outside, climbing trees, riding bikes, and scaling playground equipment. One of the inevitable outcomes of being an active kid is that we had the scrapes and bruises to prove it!
Tripping and falling down as a kid is a regular occurrence. But while it’s completely harmless as a child, a trip and fall accident as an adult can have major repercussions.
While car accidents are a common cause of severe injuries, slip-and-falls can be just as serious. This is especially true for the elderly, who are more likely to fall than adults. But what makes slip-and-fall accidents so dangerous? Here are a few injuries that can result from a slip-and-fall accident.
Head injuries are one of the most detrimental injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident. They’re quite common, too. According to Brain Line, “falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States.” Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity, from a mild concussion to a skull fracture, to internal bleeding. A head injury can require hospitalization, regular checkups, missed work, and long-lasting symptoms. Just because a traumatic brain injury resulted from a fall and not a car accident doesn’t make it any less serious.
A fall causes your body to go completely off balance, and if it’s an especially slippery surface, you can’t control how you land. There’s no way to know what kind of injury you will sustain, or what bones can be broken. This is especially concerning for the elderly since their bones are more brittle and easily broken.
The more bones that are broken, the more medical attention is needed. This inevitably brings up your hospital bill, which is a perfect example as to why victims of a slip and fall accident deserve financial compensation.
According to the CDC, “more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,” and these injuries can be detrimental to the elderly. Hip fractures usually require surgery, a hospital stay, and physical therapy. It negatively impacts one’s ability to move around freely, making daily life incredibly difficult. The inability for older people to keep up with their routine and regular functioning can be dangerous and speed the aging process.
Much like hip fractures, a damaged knee severely limits someone’s ability to move around freely and continue with their normal life. A knee injury can necessitate physical therapy or even surgery, resulting in out-of-pocket costs for the victim. If it’s a severe injury, your knee may potentially bother you for the rest of your life. This is part of the reason it’s important to reach out to a lawyer, so you can get financial compensation.
When falling, many land on their side or try to break their fall by holding out their arm. This can result in dislocating the shoulder, which can cause immense pain. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, making it more likely to be dislocated. If this happens due to a fall, the victim may need physical therapy to restore the functionality.
There are many more injuries that can result from a trip-and-fall accident. If your fall and resulting injuries were caused because of a company or individual’s negligence, you deserve to have this addressed. No one should have to pay out-of-pocket for an accident that was caused by someone else.
If you’ve been significantly injured in a public location, reach out to us. We have gotten compensation for numerous victims who have been in your shoes and can help you achieve the same.
Barber & Associates, LLC has recovered more than 45 Million Dollars in verdicts and settlements for Injured Alaskans.
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