Most people think that a slip and fall is not that serious but in most cases unfortunately they are. In addition, a slip and fall happens more often than you think. Even a small sprain can lead to missed days at work and expensive medical bills. As we age slip and fall accidents happen often and injuries become severe.
Annual Occurrences Of Slip And Fall Accidents
In America more than 8 million Americans visit the ER every year because of falls. More than 1 million of these cases are the result of slip and fall injuries. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, at your home or out and about. A slip and fall can occur for many reasons. The most severe injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Slip And Fall Accidents Resulting In Broken Bones
Broken bones are a common occurrence in slip and fall accidents, accounting around 5% of fractured bones. A fractured hip is the most dangerous injury that can lead to death especially in the elderly. After suffering an injury to the hip roughly half of adults over the age of 65 are not able to live independently. Additionally, falls are the second leading cause of death in elders aged 65-84 years and the leading cause in those older than 84.
Spinal Cord Injuries After A Slip And Fall
Spinal cord injuries are also another common occurrence in slip and fall accidents and they are the second leading cause of slip and fall injuries. An injury to the spinal cord is very serious and dangerous, it can lead to a number of secondary health issues which include:
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness and loss of function in extremities or limbs
- Full or partial paralysis
- Loss of bowel control
- Loss of bladder control
- Ongoing pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Lack of coordination
As you can see a slip and fall accident resulting in an injury to the spinal cord can drastically change your life and your ability to work.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Another common occurrence in slip and fall accidents are traumatic brain injuries that occur mostly in the elderly. Moreover, it has been reported that 35% of brain injuries are the result of falls. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when something abruptly hits or pierces the brain. Damage to the brain can range from mild to severe. In mild cases, a TBI may cause a temporary loss of consciousness for a few minutes or hours. In severe cases, a TBI can change your behavior, thinking patterns, cause nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, seizures, constant headaches, coma, and other health problems. In most cases half of the people that have a severe traumatic brain injury undergo surgery and most victims can completely lose their ability to function and communicate on their own.
Accidents Due To Negligence
In most cases a slip and fall accident was due to negligence, a failure of the other party to securely keep the property safe from harm. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident and it was due to negligence then you may be compensated for medical bills and other expenses.
Choose A Compassionate And Dedicated Attorney
The lawyers at Adley Law Firm specialize in personal injury cases and have dealt with many cases like these before. Our lawyers are compassionate in helping their clients reach the compensation they solely deserve. We will fight for your rights so that you are able to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and any other expenses. Let us discuss your options, you are our main priority. Schedule a free consultation today or call us at (713) 999-8669. We work on a number of different cases, some of these include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falls from construction sites
- Escalator & elevator injuries
- Injuries at Walmart
- Fatal falls
- Accidents from falling objects
- Falling at work
- Injuries at parking lots
- Stairway accidents
- Falls at grocery stores
- Falls at hotels
- Falls resulting from inadequate lighting
- Falls at restaurants