Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere and to nearly anyone. Unfortunately, the rate of slip and fall accidents will increase during winter weather. Icy and wet sidewalks are dangerous for pedestrians, particularly elderly people, and local hospitals will see an uptick in emergency room visits for slip and fall accidents this winter.
Some of us may assume that slip and fall accidents only cause bruising or mild discomfort. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Depending on how a person falls, a slip and fall accident can cause mild to severe injuries. Hip fractures, head injuries, and knee injuries are common outcomes of dangerous slip and fall accidents. We will examine five of the most common types of injuries caused by slip and fall accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falling. When people fall sideways, especially elderly individuals, they are at a higher risk of breaking their hip. The CDC notes that women experience three-quarters of all hip fractures and slip and fall more often than men. The increased prevalence of hip fractures in women could be because women have more significant osteoporosis, which weakens their bones and makes their hips more likely to break if they slip and fall. In the United States, over 3,000 elderly individuals who are 65 and older become hospitalized for hip fractures.
Hip fractures are notoriously challenging when it comes to recovery, particularly for those over 65. A recent study by AARP reported that 90% of people who have fractured a hip are no longer able to climb five stairs a year after the accident. 66% of those who suffered hip fractures cannot get on or off a toilet without help, and 50% will not lift themselves from a chair without assistance. Part of this is because our bones weaken as we age, and comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease can make it even harder to recover from a hip injury. If you or your loved one have suffered ongoing complications after breaking a hip in a slip and fall accident, it is important to consider speaking with a personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation that will help you pay for your medical bills, therapy, and assistance if you need it.
Head injuries caused by slip and fall accidents can be deadly. Many people do not recognize the symptoms of head and brain injuries right away, and they can go undetected for far too long. If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall injury and you have hit your head on the floor or another object, it is crucial to go to the doctor even if you think you only suffered mild injuries. Anytime you lose Consciousness or you experience bleeding or swelling, you may have a brain injury or a concussion. Sometimes even serious brain injuries only show minor symptoms, making them even more deadly if they go untreated. Traumatic brain injuries can happen even when you do not bang your head against something during the slip and fall accident. If you were jolted or your head shook, your brain may have collided with your skull, causing bleeding or bruising.
Traumatic brain injuries can have negative consequences that last for a lifetime. Many victims of traumatic brain injury suffer from a loss of concentration, experience mood changes, and may not be able to return to work. They can also cause pain and require around-the-clock care. The severity of a person’s symptoms depends on which part of the brain was injured and how soon The victim received medical treatment. Treatment can include surgery when a severe brain bleed occurs or when pieces of the skull break off into the brain. Treatment can also include ongoing care in a rehabilitation facility in which physical and occupational therapists work with patients to help them regain their skills and cognitive abilities. Moderate to severe brain injuries are incredibly complicated and expensive to treat.
Injured Hands, Arms, Feet, and Legs
Hands and feet are the most common body parts to suffer injuries during a slip and fall accident. When we fall, our reflexes tell us to throw our hands out in front of us to protect her face. For that reason, our hands are the most likely part of our body to make contact with hard surfaces. Many people suffer from a sprained wrist or experience bruises, cuts, or swelling on their hands, arms, and legs. If you land at the wrong angle, you may suffer from broken fingers, Toes, or even sprained ankles. Soft tissue injuries, including sprains, may not seem dangerous, but they can cause permanent damage. For example, when someone experiences whiplash or their neck tissue becomes damaged, they can suffer ongoing pain for quite a while, making it difficult for them to return to work. The same can be said for fractures and ankle sprains that make it difficult to work.
Back, Neck, and Spinal Cord Injuries
In severe slip and fall accidents, a person can damage his or her spinal cord on impact. Spinal cord injuries can include slipped or herniated discs, which are extremely painful and can be difficult, if not impossible, to treat. When people slip and fall on another object, they can experience fractured vertebra that is extremely dangerous and can cause partial or complete paralysis. These problems can cause chronic pain that can last for years, if not decades, and some of these conditions may require surgery to treat.
Contact an Experienced Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one have suffered an injury in a New York slip and fall accident, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Lutzky today to schedule your initial consultation.