Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries that can significantly alter the course of a person's life. These types of accidents can occur anywhere from broken stairs, icy sidewalks to wet grocery store floors. It is important to understand the types of injuries that can result from slip and falls so that you can seek the proper medical care and compensation if you have been involved in such an incident.
Common Injuries Associated with Slip and Falls
There are a variety of injuries that can result from slip and falls, ranging from minor bruises to more severe and life-threatening injuries. Some of the more common injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries that occur as a result of a blow or jolt to the head. Slip and falls are a common cause of TBIs, which can range in severity from mild concussions to more severe injuries that can lead to long-term cognitive problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls.
Broken bones are another common injury that can result from slip and falls. The severity of the break can range from a hairline fracture to a complete break, and the affected bone can take weeks or even months to heal.
More than 300,000 older adults (over the age of 65) suffer hip fractures as a result of falls, with women experiencing 75 percent of them.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Slip and falls can also result in spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis or other long-term physical problems. Even a minor slip and fall can cause damage to the spinal cord, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience any pain or tingling in your back after a fall.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCSC) reports that, since 2015, falls have been the second-leading cause of spinal cord injuries (32.2 percent) behind motor vehicle accidents (38.6 percent).
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries, which include sprains, strains, and bruises, are also common injuries associated with slip and falls. These injuries can be painful and can take weeks or even months to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.
Treatment Options for Slip and Fall Injuries
The treatment options for slip and fall injuries depend on the type and severity of the injury. For minor injuries such as bruises and strains, rest, ice, and compression can help alleviate symptoms. However, for more severe injuries such as TBIs or broken bones, medical attention is necessary.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that any injuries are properly diagnosed and treated. Additionally, obtaining a medical report from a healthcare professional can be important if you need to file a personal injury claim.
Negligence Claims for Slip and Fall Injuries
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Negligence claims require proving that the owner or operator of the property where the accident occurred knew about the dangerous condition and failed to take action to correct it.
To ensure the success of a negligence claim, it is important to gather evidence such as witness statements, photographs of the dangerous condition, and any medical reports related to the injuries sustained in the accident. It is also important to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney, who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your claim is fairly and accurately represented.
Strategies for Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents
While slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, there are strategies that can be used to help avoid such accidents. These strategies include:
- Wearing appropriate footwear with slip-resistant soles
- Paying close attention to where you are walking and avoiding any areas with potential hazards
- Being aware of the weather conditions, especially during colder months when ice and snow can present hazards
- Seeking assistance if you are carrying heavy objects or are otherwise unable to maintain your balance while walking
By being aware of potential hazards and taking appropriate precautions, you can help avoid slip and fall accidents, which can lead to serious injuries.
Premises Liability Attorneys at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP
At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP, our experienced premises liability attorneys can provide crucial assistance to victims of slip and fall injuries. Our attorneys are committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for our clients and providing compassionate support throughout the legal process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.
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