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Injuries Commonly Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries that significantly impact your health and well-being. Although not all falls cause injuries, one out of five falls results in a serious injury such as a bone fracture or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that slips and falls account for over one million emergency room visits each year.

Fortunately, most of these accidents are preventable. If another’s negligence has caused you harm, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Altman & Altman, LLP, we help victims of slip and fall injuries get the full compensation they deserve.

Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents

From fractures and head injuries to back and spinal cord injuries, slip and fall accidents can cause physical pain, emotional distress, and significant financial burdens. Understanding the potential injuries that can occur is important for victims seeking legal assistance and compensation. Below, we outline some of the most common injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents and the impact they can have on individuals and their families.

Fractures and Broken Bones
  • Fractured hips, wrists, arms, ankles, and legs are common in slip and fall accidents, especially among older adults.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fractures in older adults.
  • Recovery from fractures and broken bones may require surgery, immobilization with casts or braces, and extensive rehabilitation.
Head Injuries
  • Head injuries, including concussions and TBIs, can occur when a person's head strikes the ground or another object during a fall.
  • The CDC reports that falls are the most common cause of TBIs, accounting for about 48% of all TBI-related emergency department visits.
  • Symptoms of TBIs can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, and changes in mood or behavior.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents can result in serious back injuries, such as herniated discs, spinal fractures, and spinal cord injuries.
  • These injuries can cause chronic pain, limited mobility, and long-term disability.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries may require extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain function and manage pain.
Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains, and contusions are common in slip and fall accidents.
  • These injuries can cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion.
  • Soft tissue injuries may require physical therapy or surgery to fully recover.
Cuts and Lacerations
  • Falls can lead to cuts and lacerations if the individual comes into contact with sharp objects or rough surfaces.
  • Individuals may experience bleeding, scarring, and the risk of infection from cuts and lacerations.
  • Deep lacerations may require stitches or other medical interventions.
Emotional Trauma
  • Slip and fall accidents can also result in emotional trauma, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Victims may experience fear of falling again and have difficulty returning to normal activities.
  • Emotional trauma can impact daily life, relationships, and overall well-being, requiring psychological counseling or therapy.
Contact Altman & Altman, LLP Today

Don't wait to seek legal help if you've been injured in a slip and fall accident. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today. Our experienced injury team will help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Reach out to us today to discuss your case and explore your legal options. We are committed to helping you obtain the justice and compensation you need and deserve.

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