What are Some Common Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall Accident?

slip and fall accidentsIf you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you know that the resulting injuries can be anything but minor. Some are so severe they require you to be out of work for several weeks – or even months.

In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the U.S., and are responsible for almost nine million emergency room visits annually.

If you’re like many fall victims, your long-term rehabilitation can be expensive. One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the medical cost of falls adds up to $30 billion a year. Look below to see if you have suffered one or more of the more common slip and fall injurie:

Sprains and fractures

Twisted knees, ankles, and other joints and limbs occur frequently during a fall – this often occurs when a person is trying to catch themselves from falling. Broken bones are often the result of landing on a hard surface.

Common injury sites include the wrist, hand, forearm, upper arm, ankle, and leg. Falls can be especially tough on older adults who may be injured more severely and generally take longer to recover.

Shoulder injuries

Shoulder dislocation, or a “brachial plexus injury,” is another common slip and fall accident injury. Additionally, if your shoulder is pushed down forcefully in a fall at the same time your head is pushed up, nerves can be painfully stretched or torn.

Hip fractures

Hip fractures are common injuries among older adults who suffer falls, and are a leading cause of emergency room admissions and long-term care placement among the elderly.

In addition to the surgery and hospitalization it often takes a long time to recover from a hip fracture. In some cases, it may take weeks or months and at times rehabilitation in a dedicated facility may also be necessary.

Back and spinal cord injuries

Many times, slipped and herniated discs are another unfortunate result of slip and fall accidents. The lingering pain and lack of mobility that follows this type of injury can be life-changing. In worst-case scenarios, accident victims may be partially or fully paralyzed due to damage to the spinal cord.

Let us investigate your slip and fall accident

As experienced Clearwater slip and fall accident attorneys, we know firsthand how debilitating these injuries can be. If you were harmed due to a property owner’s negligence, you need experienced help – and fast.

For a free case evaluation, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day – just call 1-800-753-5203.