Sustaining an injury is never fun, but it can be especially frustrating if you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. At first glance, slip and fall accidents may not seem very major, but that’s not always the case. Some slip and fall injuries may be minor, in the form of cuts and bruises. However, other types of slip and fall injuries can be very severe and may require ongoing medical care.
Here are the five most common slip and fall injuries:
#1 - Hip Fractures
Anyone can break a hip at any age, but the risk increases substantially for people over the age of 55. Additionally, seniors over the age of 85 are 10-15 times more likely to break a hip during a fall than 65-year-olds.
#2 - Head Injuries
If you bumped your head when you fell, it’s critical that you seek medical care immediately. If your brain has been injured, the injury needs to be addressed right away so that you don’t endure lifelong consequences.
#3 - Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injuries
Your spinal cord is very delicate, which means if you experience sudden jarring, twisting, or impact on your spine, there are many ailments that can result. Any of the following can occur:
- Fractured vertebrae
- Slipped or herniated discs
- Permanent or temporary paralysis
- Neurological or other sensory damage
- Brachial plexus injury
- Bruising and swelling
- Chronic back pain
#4 - Extremity Injuries
If you’re like most people, you probably instinctively put your hands down to break your fall. Depending on how you went down, your feet may have been in the way or got caught on something. When something like that happens, many injuries can result, such as:
- Broken fingers
- Sprained wrists
- Damaged ankles
#5 - Knee or Elbow Injuries
It’s possible to hit your knees or elbows on objects or surfaces while slipping and falling. If you’re in pain, seek medical care. Just because your joints appear to be working properly, that doesn’t mean you aren’t injured and don’t require some form of treatment.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on another’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.
Call us today at (866) 675-4427 to have an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC evaluate your case.