Unfortunately, tripping and falling down is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in America. Tripping can result in both major and minor injuries. Victims who have been hurt usually require medical treatment which can be very expensive. There are several common slip and fall injuries to be aware of to help you avoid becoming seriously injured yourself. And if you do become injured, you may be able to file a claim and receive legal compensation during your recovery.
Fractures usually occur when the bones are subjected to too much pressure. Tripping and tumbling down can cause stressful force to be placed on bones, leading to broken bones. When a person becomes older, it becomes easier to break bones from such accidents. However, your age or health does not matter when you are seeking compensation. Even if you have more fragile bones, you can still get fair compensation for the wounds you sustained.
Traumatic brain damage can happen when someone hits their head on the surface or on the ground when they tumble down. Brain wounds can be minor such as bumps, bruises and small concussions. They can also be major like hematomas, skull fractures and subarachnoid haemorrhage. Brain damage can completely alter someone’s life because of chronic loss of brain function, loss of bodily control and seizures.
Soft Tissue wounds
Some wounds are not visible but internal instead. In such cases, you may not discover you have internal wounds for weeks or months until you’ve been thoroughly checked by a doctor or when it starts to hurt. When these wounds are left untreated for long, they can become septic. Even if the injuries seem minor and you feel okay, you should still seek to get checked in hospital by a doctor.
Sprained ankles and wrists can take a very long time to heal and may interfere with your day-to-day life in a huge way. They affect the victim’s quality of life and can cause pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, 95% of hip fractures are caused by tripping and tumbling to the ground. Surgery is usually conducted to treat hip fractures.
Cuts and abrasions
Cuts and abrasion wounds may look very severe, but they are usually less severe than the others. Abrasions usually occur on the legs, hands and the head. If the impact is big, the abrasions and cuts may shield something more severe, like broken bones and concussions.
Spinal Cord damage
It can be damaged or wounded if it is severed or compressed. Most of the time, spinal cord damage is life-threatening, and the victims need to get immediate medical attention. Moreover, it is the most expensive condition to treat and can result in life-altering conditions such as full paralysis and paralysis of the limbs only among others.
Knee damage can include ligament tears and dislocation of the patella, which need extensive medical treatment to heal well.
If you have sustained wounds after having an accident, you should reach out to a qualified attorney to help you get compensation. You should not have to bear the huge medical costs of treating conditions such as spinal cord damage, hip fractures, cuts and abrasions, brain damage and broken bones among others.