What Types of Injuries Can Result From a Slip and Fall?
September 27, 2017
A slip and fall often causes more damage than just a banged elbow or bruised knee. If you’ve suffered a slip and fall, your damages can be agonizing, long-term and costly. In fact, a slip and fall can even be deadly.
Slip and Fall Dangers and Injuries
According to Carnegie Mellon University, slips, trips, and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths. That’s only second to automobile fatalities.
Equally devastating are slip and fall injuries. Slips and falls sit at the top of several injury lists, including:
- Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits
- Slips and falls are the primary cause of lost days from work
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of occupational injuries to workers 55 and older
A slip and fall can be a major injury that affects the victim, both physical and monetary, and can affect that person for the rest of their life.
Slip and Fall Injury Types
Slip and fall accidents can cause several painful injuries. According to the Brain Injury Society, some of the most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Neck and back injuries
Other slip and fall injuries include bruises, contusions, cuts, lacerations, sprained joints, stretched tendons, and strained or pulled muscles.
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall, some of these injuries won’t be immediately obvious. Your resulting pain may be delayed several days. Consequently, a doctor’s evaluation is important for determining the extent of your injuries. If you delay, your injury could result in long-term damage.
If you’ve slipped and fallen on someone’s property because of uneven ground, broken stairs, slick tiles, or other issues, you might be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. An owner should be aware of these issues and should take strides to make sure you’re protected on his or her property. Contact Hoyt & Hoyt, P.C. today to schedule your consultation.
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