Slipping and falling on a floor or walkway may not always seem immediately serious, but the truth is slip, trip, and fall accidents can have severe results. According to the CDC, roughly between 20% and 30% of slip and fall accidents result in moderate to severe injuries, including fractures and head trauma.
Quick Facts About Slip and Fall Injuries
The following facts and statistics show just how serious these types of injuries can get:
- About 1 million emergency room visits result from slipping and falling.
- 95% of hip fractures among older adults are caused by falls.
- Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries among the elderly.
- Of all accidental deaths that occur in the home, half result from falling—and most of those occur at ground level.
The reality is that a slip and fall accident can easily lead to serious injury, especially if you’re over the age of 65. At younger ages, the odds of significant injury tend to be lower, but they can still be serious.
Serious Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall accident can lead to anything from a bit of bruising to significant trauma. The most common injuries include the following:
Sprained wrists and ankles often result from slipping and falling, leading to chronic pain. These injuries may not cause serious pain at first, and they can be difficult to prove in a personal injury case, but they can seriously impact your quality of life and result in hefty medical expenses.
While fairly rare, falling may cause torn ligaments, particularly in the knee. Severe meniscus injuries may result from twisting the knee in unnatural ways, as can injuries to your ACL. The surgeries to repair this damage can be expensive and result in a painful recovery process.
Broken and fractured bones
Bone fractures are painful, and may occur in various areas, such as your kneecap or hip. Serious bone fractures require prompt professional treatment, and can result in lengthy recovery times and high medical expenses.
Hitting your head as a result of a slip and fall can potentially result in skull fractures, spinal injuries, and brain trauma, requiring costly medical procedures and prolonged recovery periods. Some injuries, such as concussions, may clear up on their own, but if you have suffered any kind of head trauma after falling, it is strongly advised that you go see a doctor to make sure it’s not more serious.
Falls often result in damage to the spinal cord, which is typically life-threatening. Partial or complete paralysis may result.
Seeking Damages for Severe Slip and Fall Injuries
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, your first step should be to see a medical professional. From there, you’ll have much of the evidence you’ll need to seek damages if the injury resulted from neglectful actions on the part of another.
After getting medical help, you’ll need a personal injury attorney to represent you when seeking damages for your injury. Hart David Carson LLP can help you through that process.