The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Head: These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines such as like blood thinners. The CDC states that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI may be a concussion that heals after a couple of weeks’ rest or it may be a severe injury that causes ongoing cognitive impairment.
- Back/spinal cord: A fall can also damage the back or spinal cord with a swift slip of a disk. These kind of injuries can result in significant pain and may also cause limited mobility such as varying degrees of paralysis and loss of feeling and functionality.
- Sprains & fractures: A swift twist to the knee or ankle is enough to cause a landing hard enough to tear ligaments or break bones. The most common sprains and fractures include arm, leg, ankle, wrist and hand.
- Shoulder injuries: A shoulder dislocation is a common injury of a slip and fall accidents. A dislocation to the shoulder of “brachial plexus injury” is caused by a network of nerves connecting your spinal cord to your shoulder, arm and hand being stretched or torn from a violent force to the nerves such as a fall.
- Hip fractures: The CDC reports more than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. When a person fractures a hip it requires surgery with a typical hospital stay for about a week followed by extensive rehabilitation.
If you have suffered one of the above injuries in a slip and fall accident, or if you have suffered a different serious injury in a fall accident, speak with The Johnston Law Firm personal injury lawyers today about your case.