Slip and falls are extremely common. In fact, they are the most common kind of non-fatal injury in the United States. And although these injuries may not be life-threatening, the consequences of a slip and fall can carry lifelong health complications. But what are the most common slip and fall injuries, and how can they impact your overall health? Allow us to explain.
Broken bones are the most common kind of fall-related injury, by far, especially among the elderly. During a fall, even healthy adults can break their wrists by bracing themselves and putting their hands out before a fall. This is a phenomenon known as FOOSH or “Fall On OutStreched Hand.”
Likewise, if someone falls on an uneven surface (such as stairs), they are at a much higher risk of breaking bones in their legs and arms. These injuries are especially severe because recovery may require extensive physical therapy or special equipment such as crutches or a wheelchair.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Believe it or not, slip and falls account for about 50% of all brain injury-related hospitalizations in the U.S.There’s a good reason for this. When you fall, your head is the last thing to hit the ground, meaning there’s a lot more momentum behind the impact.
Additionally, it’s not uncommon for victims to hit their head on an object (such as a handrail) as they fall, meaning they are struck in the head twice in a single incident.
Personal Injury Lawyers at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. Help
If you have been injured on someone’s property, you need a personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. can help you understand your legal rights and the steps you may take to pursue maximum compensation. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Talk to us, and we can help you explore your options. Call us today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.