Beyond the Broken Bones: 4 Types of Serious Slip & Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries are more common than people think. In Canada, almost 50% of these injuries are thought to be preventable. That is indeed a very high number of incidents that should not have happened.
If this kind of injury happens to you or to a loved one, or even a friend, it is advisable that a slip and fall lawyer is contacted as soon as possible because it may be possible to take some kind of legal action.
Let’s take a closer look at some kinds of injuries that can be sustained from a slip and fall and how a lawyer can help.
1. Neck & Back Injuries
Sometimes, you need the luck of the draw. Some slip and fall injuries may end up being just minor injuries but sometimes, it can not only be serious but absolutely debilitating and life-changing. It does not matter whether you are young or old; you can still suffer tremendously, but someone younger will have greater agility and their reactions can save them from something worse. Older folk will have slower reactions and their bones will be more brittle.
When you slip and fall, there can be a quick jerking movement as you land on a hard surface which can cause injuries to your neck and back. Someone can sustain a number of injuries including spinal stenosis, herniated discs, whiplash-related problems, spinal cord damage and torn ligaments. A back injury can be long-term and may cause disability. Constant pain, loss of mobility and other problems can plague them for the rest of their lives.
2. Trauma To The Head & Brain
If someone slips and falls and hits their head onto an object on their way down, or even if they fall hard on their head, this can result in a fractured skull and even an injury to the brain. You don’t need to be a doctor to realize that an injury to that part of the body can have devastating consequences. The brain is the most complex thing in the universe and though we know so much about it, our knowledge only scratches the surface. Injuries to the brain can alter a person’s behaviour.
There may be loss of mobility, performing daily activities may be difficult as well as having cognitive issues. There will be long-term therapy involved and a person may never completely recover.
A person may fracture their back or skull, both sensitive areas where lots of damage can be done. Other injuries include fractures to hands and arms, foot and leg, facial fractures and dental injuries as well as fractures to the hip, such as the pelvis. These injuries will require someone to take a lot of time off work. If they happen to be in a job where there is plenty of lifting and movement, they need to heal themselves completely before resuming, if possible, and this may take many months.
4. Injuries To Soft Tissues
These kinds of injuries include muscles, ligaments and tendons and though they are not as serious when compared to those mentioned above, they can cause great difficulty, pain and complications. They are also very common slip and fall injuries. Things such as sprains and strains are not only painful, but they can drag on for an extended period of time.
If you suffer the misfortune of going through this, call a slip and fall lawyer. Their experience can let you know what your options are and if you can get compensation, for which they can help. At a time like this, it’s the least you deserve.