Falls are a leading cause of emergency room visits and lost work hours nationwide. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, your injury costs may be covered by the property owner who failed to maintain the premises.
Common Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents
Many people are eager to jump to their feet after suffering a slip or fall in public, waving away help and insisting that everything is fine. However, these victims are likely to experience significant pain in the hours and days after the incident. For this reason, it is vital to seek immediate medical attention after a fall to protect both your health and your injury claim.
The most common injuries after a slip and fall include:
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur during a fall even if your head does not hit the ground. An untreated TBI can cause vision problems, headaches, or even potentially-lethal brain swelling.
A fall backward can cause trauma to the discs or nerves in the spine, causing complications ranging from severe pain and disability to paralysis.
Most people who fall forward will instinctively attempt to brace themselves with their arms in an attempt to cushion the fall, causing fractures in the hands, elbows, or wrists.
Knees may twist at an irregular angle in a fall, resulting in a dislocation of the patella or torn ligaments that require knee reconstruction surgery.
Some people are at a greater risk of getting hurt in a fall due to preexisting injuries. A fall that aggravates a prior knee injury could require longer rehabilitation times and increased medical costs—and insurers are more likely to fight against these claims due to the victim’s preexisting condition.
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