Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. At some point, you might have slipped, fallen, and gotten hurt yourself. However, these accidents are also serious business.
Slip and falls in the United States account for over one million visits to the ER per year.
The effects of a slip and fall can stay with you for a long time and impact your ability to live your life and perform work. It can lead to a wide range of physical injuries that typically lead to long-term effects include the following:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Whether or not the head hits the ground, a brain that receives a jolt can cause serious harm. While brain injuries are mostly associated with organized sports, the most common way to suffer a brain injury is through falling.
The injuries can range from relatively mild concussions to severe Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that cause lasting complications. This can occur after a slip and fall whether or not your head hits the ground.
A traumatic brain injury happens once a victim falls and hits their head. The consequences can last a lifetime, and can be severe when it comes to head injuries related to falling events. It can be dangerous because you may not realize the severity of the injury.
Mild TBI happens when unconsciousness or disorientation occurs for less than thirty minutes. The signs include headaches, attention and memory problems, frustrations, and mood swings.
Losing more than thirty minutes is classified as severe TBI. More serious traumatic brain injuries can permanently impair your emotions, cognitive function, speech or language, behavioral, and mobility.
However, head injuries cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone, and some severe head injuries produce only minimal symptoms at first. There may be secondary injuries that are even more serious than the initial brain trauma.
Leaving TBI untreated can lead to continuous pain for months, so no matter how “fine” you feel or inconvenient you think it is to go to a doctor, it’s crucial to consult a specialist to identify and evaluate this type of injury.
Broken Bones and Fractures
A fractured and broken bone during a slip and fall accident is another commonly severe injury that victims can suffer from.
Broken bones are painful and scary. Its effects can range from minor fractures that cause acute pain, increase recovery time, and emotional trauma with severe breaks that demand numerous surgeries.
Broken bones and other injuries already require surgeries and lengthy recovery time. However, older individuals are more susceptible to suffering from more severe and permanent injuries due to falling since their bones are thinner and more fragile.
The way that you fall and how you land influences which bone or bones you break. Some of the most common types of bones that are broken in a slip and fall include
● Hip Bones
Broken hip bones can be extremely painful, can lead to severe mobility problems, and take a long time to heal. They can even cause deaths. The elderly are more susceptible to suffering a complicated hip bone fracture or break.
Victims of slip and fall accidents often mean they land on their buttocks. Some people can fall in that manner and not suffer from any injuries while others can injure their tailbone. They may not realize the extent of its effects until they actually suffer from this type of injury.
After a tailbone break, moving and doing everyday activities becomes difficult. Even something as simple as sitting becomes painful. Straining to have a bowel movement can also be very painful.
● Arms, Elbows, And Wrists
As slip and fall accidents occur quickly and suddenly, victims are left with little time to react to brace for their fall. The first instinct would be to either land on their arms, elbows, or wrists, and they end up breaking their bones depending on how they land and the severity of the fall.
Injuries sustained to the arms can greatly limit the tasks a person can perform. Any bone in the arm, elbow, or wrist that breaks in a fall often leads to you missing extended periods of work and everyday tasks such as tying a shoe, eating, driving or carrying kids becomes painfully challenging.
● Legs, Knees, And Ankles
A lower leg fracture may occur when a bone is twisted, bent, jammed, struck directly, or used to brace against a fall which can disrupt a victim’s ability to walk, drive, or even stand.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur where there is damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or discs that surround the spinal cord or damage to the spinal cord itself. The spinal cord is the cornerstone of the body’s nervous system. It’s fragile enough that even indirect loss can cause extensive, long-term ramifications.
Nerve damage from a slip and fall accident can result from direct trauma. The spinal cord is among the most expensive body parts to recover with treatment. The closer the damage to the brain, the more severe the damage tends to be.
The severity of a spinal cord injury is often called “the completeness” and is categorized as either “complete” or “incomplete.”
A complete spinal cord injury is the loss of feeling and all ability to control motor functions below the spinal cord injury, while an incomplete spinal cord injury allows some sensory and movement below the affected area.
Even a simple slip-and-fall accident can be costly, especially with the medical expenses, including trauma care, pain killers, bone setting or surgeries, and even lost wages can affect the finances of the victim. The long-lasting effects can also impact their quality of life.
A negligent property owner may be held financially liable for their injuries as long as fault is proved. A personal injury attorney can review the details of your slip-and-fall accident and help you determine your next best step.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers at the Brown Firm today at (912) 200-9755 or visit our website to learn more about our services or receive a free legal consultation.