Common Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall
A slip and fall or trip and fall can lead to nothing other than a bruised ego. However, a fall that causes injury can lead to long recovery times and, in the most serious cases, permanent disability or death.
Outlined below are some of the more common injuries caused by a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Please use the underlined links to visit the Mayo Clinic’s website to learn more about specific injuries, their prognosis and treatments.
- Broken wrist or hand– When you fall your mind takes over, attempting to break your fall and protect your back, head and neck. As your arms reach out the impact can be transferred to your hand and wrist. This impact often leads to broken bones in the hand and wrist. This injury can be difficult to fully recover from.
- Spinal cord injury– A spinal cord injury can often be devastating. If the injury is severe the fall victim may remain partially or fully paralyzed for life. A spinal cord injury sustained during a fall occurs when the back strikes the floor or another object such as a shelf in a grocery store. Less severe back injuries include a slipped disc, fractured tailbone and back sprain.
- Hip fracture– A hip fracture is most prevalent in fall victims over the age of 65. However, if the fall is hard enough or occurs on a raised surface such as stairs, the injury can affect anyone. Despite recent improvements in repairing a broken hip, primarily surgery, a hip fracture is considered a serious, even deadly injury.
- Head trauma– Head trauma covers a wide range of head injuries. An open head wound is dangerous as the amount of blood lost can be significant. Closed head injuries, such as a concussion or traumatic brain injury are also common during a slip and fall. Though some head traumas can be minor many cause life altering damage.
Your Connecticut personal injury attorneys take slip and fall cases very seriously. We hope that the information listed above helps you better understand some of the injuries caused by a slip and fall.
Slip and falls are all the more common in areas such as Connecticut, where snow and ice are a hazard all winter long. If you have been hurt during a slip and fall accident and believe that your injury was caused by the negligence of another please contact an experienced CT attorney today.