Like most types of accidents, slip and falls can occur to anyone at any time. While some people might simply associate these incidents with scraped knees and an overwhelming feeling of embarrassment, slip and fall accidents can actually result in much more severe injuries. In fact, millions of people head to the emergency room every year as a result of falling. Here are a few of the most common injuries that occur from slip and fall accidents.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can range from minor sprains to critical tears in ligaments and tendons. Because these injuries are not visible to the naked eye, you should always seek medical attention after a slip and fall accident occurs. Otherwise, if left untreated, soft tissue injuries can develop into chronic pain and can make you more susceptible to other injuries.
Cuts and Abrasions
Slip and falls can oftentimes cause lacerations and bruising, and in most cases, these injuries only require ice therapy or a topical cream. However, you should not underestimate these types of injuries as a deep laceration can risk infection and may require stitches.
The impact of falling is easily enough to cause broken bones and fractures, making it an unfortunately common injury for slip and fall victims. Broken bones and fractures can be an incredibly painful experience and they do require immediate medical care. These injuries can require a long recovery process lasting months or even years and in more severe cases, they may even require multiple surgeries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). If you hit your head as a result of falling, especially if you lose consciousness even briefly or happen to experience any bleeding or swelling, it is absolutely critical that you seek immediate medical care.
“Best” case scenario, TBIs can result in minor injuries like small concussions, bumps, and bruises. In more severe cases, they can lead to more serious injuries like skull fractures, hematomas and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is among the most dangerous consequences of a slip and fall accident. These injuries occur when a person falls on their back or twists and overexerts their body while trying to avoid the fall. Spinal cord injuries can be life threatening or they can lead to other devastating outcomes such as permanent paralysis, temporary paralysis and other neurologic and sensory impairments.
Have You Been Hurt in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Injuries from a slip and fall accident should not ever be taken lightly. If you or someone you love has recently been the victim of a slip and fall, give our team at AIPI a call today and schedule a consultation. We’ll be sure to provide you with a thorough assessment and will develop a comprehensive and effective treatment plan made just for you.