Slip and fall accidents can occur for a number of reasons, and they happen more often than you think. At first thought, you might think slip and fall injuries aren’t that serious. Unfortunately, in most cases, they are, and they tend to result in missed work and heaps of medical bills. Even a small sprain can lead to time away from work and several hundreds of dollars in medical expenses. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents become more common as we age, and injuries tend to be more severe.
Annual Occurrences of Slip and Fall Injuries
More than 8 million Americans visit the ER every year because of falls. Slip and falls in particular account for more than 1 million of these visits. Whether at home, at work, or out in public going about your daily errands, slip and falls can and do occur almost anywhere. Regardless of where or how it happens, some of the more severe injuries usually include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Broken Bones from Slip and Fall Accidents
Broken bones are an extremely common injury stemming from a slip and fall accidents. Fractured bones occur in roughly 5% of all fall victims. Hip fractures are the most dangerous injury and often lead to death in the elderly. Roughly half of adults over the age of 65 are no longer able to live independently after suffering a broken hip from a slip and fall. Sadly, falls are the second-leading cause of death in people 65-84 years, and the leading cause in those older than 84.
Spinal Cord Injuries After a Fall
Broken bones aren’t the only consequence of slip and fall accidents. Individuals also report spinal cord injuries on a regular basis. In fact, falls are the second most common contributing cause of spinal and brain injuries, second only to fractures. Spinal cord injuries can lead to any number of secondary health issues, including:
- Difficulty walking
- A loss of function in extremities or limbs
- Full or partial paralysis
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Ongoing pain due to nerve damage
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Weakness and lack of coordination
Obviously, a spinal injury from a slip and fall accident can drastically affect your quality of life and ability to work, often permanently.
Traumatic Brain Injuries From a Slip and Fall
Brain injuries, like spinal cord injuries, are another tragically common injury after a slip and fall accident, particularly in the elderly. In fact, reports show an estimated 35% of brain injuries are the result of falls. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is when an object suddenly hits or pierces the brain. Damage can range from mild to severe. In best case scenarios, a TBI may cause temporary loss of consciousness, for a few minutes or hours.
In more severe cases, TBIs can include changes in behavior and thinking patterns, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, seizures, constant headaches, coma, and other health problems. Unfortunately, approximately half of all people who sustain a severe TBI must undergo surgery. In many cases, victims can completely lose their ability to communicate and function on their own.
Was Your Accident Due to Negligence?
Many times, slip and fall accidents are due to another party’s negligent security, in which case you may receive compensation for medical bills and other expenses.
Work With a Compassionate Slip and Fall Attorney in Texas
Attorney Aaron A. Herbert is board certified in personal injury trial law, has extensive experience resolving slip and fall cases, and is dedicated to getting his clients the best possible results. The attorneys and staff of the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert will fight diligently on your behalf to get you the money you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. We offer a free consultation and there is no fee or expense unless you recover. Contact us today to discuss your options.
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