Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents

October 5, 2021

Each year over a million people in the United States end up in the emergency room because of a slip and fall accident. Although some slip and fall accidents are minor, many can cause serious injuries, leaving victims in extreme pain and with tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. In all age groups, slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injury, with older adults most likely to suffer from more severe injuries. Some common injuries slip and fall victims suffer from may include:

  • Head Injuries: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A brain injury can range in severity, from a concussion that will heal over time with some rest to a severe chronic injury. Head injuries can cause seizures, cognitive impairment, memory loss, and other serious side effects.

  • Hip Fractures: According to the CDC, more than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Hip injuries, especially among older adults, are serious injuries that are difficult to recover from. They often require hospitalization, surgery, and extensive rehabilitation.

  • Sprains, Fractures, and Broken Bones: In slip and fall accidents, the impact of landing on the ground or hitting something while falling can cause fractures and broken bones. Wrist, ankle, spine, leg, forearm, pelvis, and hip bone fractures are the most common types of broken bones that may occur. It is also common for slip and fall victims to twist their ankle or knee and sprain the ligaments at these joints. Sprains, fractures, and broken bones from slip and fall accidents can range in severity, some injuries needing surgery, physical therapy, or several weeks in a cast to heal.

Even if you don’t feel injured after a slip and fall accident, it is crucial to get checked out by a medical professional since some injuries don’t produce immediate symptoms. Delaying treatment can lead to chronic pain and additional health issues or injuries.

Regardless of the injury produced by a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation if the fall was caused by the owner’s negligence or neglect. At the Law Offices of George Christopoulos, our New Jersey slip and fall lawyers will fight to help individuals obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries and expenses incurred. Contact us immediately if you have been seriously injured due to negligence or hazardous conditions for a free consultation.

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