While some slip and fall accidents don’t cause much more than a few bruises, others are more devastating. This is particularly true of elderly individuals who slip and fall. Here are some of the most common injuries people suffer from when they slip or trip and fall. Also, how you can protect your right to compensation after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
Broken bones happen frequently when an individual slips on a surface and suddenly hits the floor. Depending on how the person landed, they could break a hip, a leg, an arm, or even their nose. Broken bones always require medical care. In severe cases, they could require surgery if the bone was splintered or crushed.
Head injuries occur when a person lands on their head or strikes their head against another object during the fall. Depending on the severity of the injury, this could range from a concussion to a brain injury requiring surgery to correct.
Internal Organ Damage
If a person slips and falls down stairs or falls on an object with great force, they may suffer from internal organ injuries. While bruising to internal organs can be painful, it typically doesn’t present a threat to the victim’s life. However, if internal bleeding is present and isn’t detected immediately, this could cause a very serious situation.
Almost Any Injury Is Possible in a Slip and Fall Accident
Although the above are the most frequently seen types of injuries that arise from a slip and fall incident, almost any injury can occur if the circumstances are right. For example, if a person who wears glasses lands on their face and the glasses break and penetrate their eye, they could lose vision in that eye or be at risk for losing the eye completely. If a person is elderly or has certain health conditions, a fall could potentially cause enough stress and strain to the body to result in a heart attack. There’s no set number of injuries that a slip and fall can cause, and depending on the circumstances, almost anything can happen in a fall.
Contact an Attorney Right Away
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a slip and fall, it’s likely that your injuries fall under premises liability law. Call the Sarkisian Law Offices today for a consultation at (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.