Slip-and-fall accidents may occur at any time of year. However, as winter approaches, this type of incident warrants further consideration.
Studies indicate that slip-and-fall accidents account for millions of injuries every year in the United States. In fact, approximately nine million injuries from this type of incident are treated in the emergency room each year. At times, injuries may not be serious and the victim can carry on with daily life undisturbed. However, more severe falls could mean life-changing consequences and even fatality.
As a result, it is worth considering some injuries on the more severe end of the scale:
Hip fractures can be extremely painful and typically require an extensive period of rehabilitation. Elderly individuals are at particular risk of this type of injury. Importantly, the overwhelming majority of hip fractures in America are the direct result of falls.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) often occur when a victim falls and hits their head on the ground or another solid object. In less severe cases, TBIs may involve a concussion and smaller bruises. However, TBIs can frequently be life-changing and even potentially fatal. At times, victims may experience a complete loss of important brain and bodily functions as well as intermittent seizures.
Injuries to the back and spinal cord
Further examples of serious injuries that can result from falls are back and spinal cord injuries. Injuries to the back may include herniated discs and fractured vertebrae, which have the ability to cause extreme pain. In more severe situations, the spinal cord may be damaged. This can cause temporary/permanent paralysis and even death. Generally, spinal cord injuries will require extensive rehabilitation and even lifelong medical care.
Understanding the potential dangers of slip-and-fall accidents could help to protect your well-being. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured, you may be able to pursue a claim for legal compensation.