What Are the Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries?
Bill Allen | March 3, 2023 | Slip & Fall Accidents
Every year, about three million people go to the emergency room with injuries from falls. Slip and fall accidents can cause devastating injuries, but what are the most common types? What are the causes of slip and fall accidents, and how long might it take you to recover?
These falls can cause a variety of injuries that may take a permanent toll on the rest of your life. Read on to discover the most common slip and fall injuries.
Head injuries are one of the most common results of a slip and fall accident. When you slip, your head may hit the floor, a piece of furniture, or other solid objects. If you fall down a set of stairs or you hit the floor especially hard, you could even hit your head more than once.
When you hit your head, your brain may collide with the inside of your skull, giving you a concussion. In fact, falls are the single most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. You could even wind up cracking your skull, a traumatic injury that could take months to heal from.
It may come as no surprise that broken bones are among the most common slip and fall injuries. Many fall vicims are older adults, and as we get older, our bones get more brittle. Even minor falls can result in serious breaks, especially for victims who already have osteoporosis.
More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls, and over 800,000 people are hospitalized every year for fall injuries, most of which are head injuries or hip fractures. Broken arms, legs, wrists, and ankles are also extraordinarily common in slip and fall accidents.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are also extremely common after slip and fall accidents. This category of injuries covers everything from bruises and sprains to strained tendons and ligaments and more. They can be extraordinarily painful and may take weeks or even months to recover from.
When you fall, your attempts to catch yourself could cause you to strain ligaments or tendons, the connective tissue that hold your body together. You could sustain terrible bruises that can damage even the deepest layers of your skin and muscles.
Cuts and Scrapes
When you fall, you can sustain serious cuts or scrapes, especially on your arms and legs. If you fall through a window or other piece of glass, you could get devastating cuts. Not only could you experience serious blood loss, but you might also be permanently scarred.
Scrapes are incredibly common in falls (as you may remember from the times you fell when you were a kid). When you try to catch yourself, you may scrape your hands, knees, or legs. These abrasions can be mild, but they can get infected, especially if you don’t get proper treatment for them.
Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Slip and fall cases can cause a variety of wounds, from head injuries and broken bones to soft tissue injuries and cuts. You could wind up with a concussion, a broken hip, or a devastating cut. These injuries can take months to recover from, and some may impact you for the rest of your life.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you could be entitled to compensation. At Allen Law Firm, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and we’re ready to go to bat for you, too. Schedule a free consultation with us today and start getting the representation you deserve in your case.
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