Slips, Trips, and Falls Can Result in Much More Than Bumps & Bruises

Most everyone that is able to walk has slipped, tripped, or fallen at some point in his or her life. In fact, many people will likely remember perpetually skinned elbows and knees from their childhood. While common and often relatively harmless, falls also have the potential to cause extremely serious injury. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates1 that injuries related to falls are responsible for 8.9 million emergency department visits every year in the United States. The good news for victims of falls is that in many cases, they can recover significant compensation for their injuries. Some of the more common serious injuries that people sustain in slip and falls are discussed below.

Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries,2  often simply referred to as TBIs, are a type of serious injury that can occur in a slip and fall when a person hits his or her head on the ground or against an object. In addition, new technology has proven that people need not even strike their head on another object to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can occur simply from a rotational force of the head with sufficient force to affect the brain, even without striking another object. TBIs can leave victims with significant medical issues, including headaches, dizziness, memory problems, depression, sensitivity to light and sound, and problems communicating.

Soft tissue injuries – Many falls result in significant soft tissue injuries,3 including bruises, lacerations, sprains, and muscle tears. These kinds of injuries can be extremely painful and may result in permanent scarring or other problems.

Broken bones – Many people who slip, trip, or fall sustain bone fractures in the process. Broken bones4 can be extremely painful and, in some cases, may require hospitalization. Older adults with decreased bone density are particularly at risk for sustaining broken bones in slip and fall accidents.

Contact a Jacksonville slip and fall lawyer today to retain legal representation

People who are injured in slip and fall accidents in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas can often obtain significant compensation. For this reason, it is imperative for people injured in these kinds of accidents to contact a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney immediately.  Any questions? Call me personally on my cell phone at 904-607-8888. Prospective clients can also send us an email through our online contact form.

References:

1 http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf
2 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
3 http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00111
4 https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000001.htm

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