There’s nothing funny about a slip and fall accident that causes serious injuries. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 9 million emergency room visits result from a slip and fall accident each year, and that slip and fall injuries are the second most common causes of unintentional death in the US.
While certain age groups like toddlers and elderly persons tend to suffer more severe harm from falls, a slip and fall injury can be dangerous to anyone at any age. Here are some of the most common types of slip and fall injuries.
Falls are the number-one cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Traumatic brain injuries include concussions and other types of serious brain injury. Even a mild concussion can cause problems with pain, dizziness, attention, mood or memory that last for days or weeks. A moderate or severe concussion or other type of TBI can cause permanent injury or even death.
The CDC estimates that 40 percent of all TBIs that cause death or that require the injured person to be treated in an emergency room or hospitalized are caused by falls.
Spinal Cord and Back Injuries
The forces at play in a slip and fall accident can also cause serious damage to the back or the spinal cord. Fractured vertebrae, slipped or herniated discs, or nerve damage can all cause significant pain and limit a person’s mobility. Often, these back injuries are difficult to treat and require modifications to a person’s way of life so they can continue to engage in the activities of daily living.
Injuries to the spinal cord can cause problems with mobility, sensation or even paralysis. Falls cause more than 25 percent of all spinal cord injuries, according to the Mayo Clinic. For adults over age 65, falls are responsible for a majority of spinal cord injuries.
As the body falls, it’s instinctual to use the hands, arms and shoulders to stop the momentum. When this instinct kicks in, however, the shoulders take the brunt of the force that would otherwise have been transferred to other areas of the body.
Shoulder dislocations and brachial plexus injuries that damage the nerves connecting the spinal cord and the arm are both common types of shoulder injuries that can be caused by a fall. Both types of injuries may require surgery to correct and often result in a period of limited mobility, pain and other difficulties.
Falls cause over 95 percent of all hip fractures, according to the CDC. Most hip fractures require surgery to repair, says the CDC, and patients may be hospitalized for up to a week before being transferred to another location for rehabilitation. In some cases, the entire fractured hip may be replaced with an implant.
The CDC estimates that 20 percent of hip fracture patients die within one year of the injury, often because recovery from a hip fracture is a grueling process. For patients who survive the injury itself, ongoing problems with pain or limited mobility can significantly change the course of their lives.
Other Fractures or Sprains
A fall can cause a broken bone in many different areas of the body. In addition to the hips and spine, the arms, legs, ankles, pelvis and hand are common sites of fractures resulting from a slip and fall.
Even if a bone does not break due to a fall, the twisting or sliding motion of the fall may cause a sprain or damage to the connective tissues in joints like the knee, ankle, wrist or elbow. These injuries can also cause significant pain and inconvenience. Severe damage to the connective tissues may require surgery to correct. Nerves may also be damaged during a fracture or a sprain that is caused by a fall.
If you suffer from pain due to a slip and fall or any accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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