Though many slip and fall accidents result in minor injury, some can cause severe injury with the potential to lead to life changing injuries and death. These injuries can result in high medical expenses, permanent disability and the loss of future income.
Many slip and fall accidents will result in minor injuries such as scrapes and bruising, and minor sprains. However, slip and falls have the potential to lead to more serious injuries.
Unlike cuts, bruises and scrapes, soft tissue injuries are not as widely visible at the time of the slip and fall. Rather, these can take days or even weeks to emerge.
While alone these injuries are treatable, some victims do not seek treatment because they do not appear immediately. When left unattended, soft tissue injuries can lead to chronic pain, and make you more susceptible to future injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
Just like soft tissue injuries, not all head and spinal cord injuries are as obvious right away. Even if the fall was minor but you hit your head or back, be sure to seek medical attention. In cases where there is swelling, bleeding, or loss of consciousness–even only briefly–you need to get a medical evaluation. While a minor concussion can clear up on its own, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can impact your life permanently when not treated properly.
Further, if you have suffered an impact to your spinal cord, it will be imperative that you have it evaluated quickly; spinal cord injuries get more severe as they travel up the spinal cord, often resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia.
Broken bones can be incredibly painful and scary as they are an immediate injury from the fall. The elderly are especially vulnerable to broken hips. You not only have to worry about the bone healing, but the potential of life-long therapy to prevent or manage chronic pain associated with the injury.
Common in older adults who fall, anxiety is highly prevalent and can have lasting impacts on the quality of life the victim has. One study suggests that older people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. The anxiety then causes the person to limit their daily activities, decreasing their body strength, and increasing their likelihood of falling in the future.
In other cases, the anxiety may become so severe that victims develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), greatly impacting their socialization and quality of life.
In addition to the health ramifications of a fall, one of the most serious consequences for non-fatal slip and falls is actually financial.
Of course, your first priority following a slip and fall accident is your health and safety. But what happens after the fall is also serious. In fact, your finances following a slip and fall accident have the potential to be the most serious consequence.
From injury related expenses to therapy for psychological recovery–all of these components can add up.
In addition to the expenses you may incur, you may also suffer from lost wages while you recover, or you may not even be able to return to work. This means that while you are accumulating more bills, the others are adding up.
At Regan Zambri Long, we know how detrimental a slip and fall accident can be. This is why we have a dedicated team who can help you on the road to recovery.
If unsafe conditions on someone else’s property have harmed you or a loved one, resulting in financial loss and serious injury, you may have legal options to recover compensation through a slip and fall lawsuit.
Call 202-960-4596 or connect with us online to learn more.