As the second leading cause of unintentional death, slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries. Learn more about what injuries you can get from falling.
Broken bones are one of the most common injuries following a slip and fall accident. How you fall will ultimately determine the type of break you may sustain. Common breaks following a fall include:
Symptoms of a broken bone include swelling, discomfort, and loss of function.
Unlike other injuries, soft tissue injuries tend to not be life threatening. However, they can result in a change in lifestyle. Common soft tissue injuries include:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014, falls were the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and accounted for half of the TBI related emergency room visits.
Because of how minor some TBIs may present themselves, it is critical to seek medical attention after a fall. Common symptoms of a TBI include: loss of consciousness; feeling dazed, disoriented, dizzy, or confused; headache; nausea or vomiting; fatigue; loss of balance; difficulties speaking; sleeping too much or not enough; and sensory issues.
Long term effects of a TBI include mental health complications like difficulties concentrating, mood swings, or depression and anxiety.
Particularly common in elderly adults, hip fractures can lead to a decrease in mobility and chronic pain. Common signs of a hip fracture after a fall include:
Though common, a sprain to the ankle or wrist is not always easy to be diagnosed by the naked eye. Instead, you may need medical imaging to formally diagnose a sprain.
Common symptoms to be mindful of include pain, swelling, bruising, inability to bear weight on the joints, and loss of movement.
Depending on the surface you fall on will ultimately determine the severity of the cuts or abrasions you have. While cuts are often not severe and can be treated with time and minor medical treatment, sometimes these cuts and abrasions are more severe.
When cuts are deep, they can lead to damage to the skin, muscle, nerves and other soft tissues.
When injuries occur to the shoulder or neck, many can be treated with time and over the counter pain medications. However in some cases, these injuries can be severe.
Shoulder injuries after a fall can result in chronic pain that eventually requires major surgery and lifelong therapy.
Most neck injuries only involve minor soft tissue issues. However, in severe cases, a neck injury may result in damage to the spinal cord and nearby nerves. This can result in damage to the nervous system.
Other common neck injuries include:
One of the most common injuries sustained after a fall is damage to the knee. While these range from minor to severe complications, there are symptoms and injuries to be mindful of:
Unfortunately, these injuries may often seem minor at the onset because they only create swelling and bruising. It’s only after medical examination and further testing that these injuries can be found.
Whether the injuries you sustained are minor or severe, seeking medical attention after a fall is critical.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries following a slip and fall accident, you need the slip and fall attorneys of Regan Zambri Long. Our law firm will work diligently to build your case while you focus on recovery.
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