Slip and fall incidents can happen to anyone, anywhere. These accidents are the second-leading causes of workplace injuries and account for more than 20 percent of all injuries. Whether you accidentally tripped or slipped while on someone’s store or the accident was the result of recklessness on your part, the reality is that these accidents are associated with long-term health consequences. So, do you know what to do if you slip and fall in a store? Seek medical attention and consult with a legal expert to determine whether or not you have a personal injury claim.
Causes of slip and fall accidents
Messy workplaces, unnoticed objects, poorly maintained floors, improperly lit stairwells, or obstructed views are some of the common causes of slip and fall injuries. It’s possible to slip due to slippery or shiny floors, spills on the floor, improper drainage, not wearing the right footwear, and unexpected changes in the floor surface. Besides, irregular floor surfaces, improper use of ladders or chairs, and poor access to storage racking are potential causes of slip and fall accidents.
Health consequences of severe slip and fall injuries
No matter the cause of the slip or fall, the recovery process for severe injuries is often painful and ongoing. A recent study shows that bone fractures occur in about 5% of all slip and fall accidents. These injuries are likely to be severe among old people. Hip fractures are the most severe type of fractures and account for the highest number of health issues and deaths. Slip and fall accidents can also result in other debilitating health issues such as;
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Mild or severe neck, spine, and back injuries
- Traumatic head injuries.
In addition to the severe pelvis and hip fractures, slip and fall incidences could result in traumatic brain injuries in case the victims hit his or her head hard against a hard object. These are often lifelong head injuries, and extensive rehabilitation is often required. Note that brain damage might lead to ongoing cognitive, memory, mobility, and behavioral problems.
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries are associated with excruciating pain and very difficult to treat. In most cases, the patient is unable to return to work due to their pain. A slipped disk, broken back, or other injuries to your neck, spine, or back may require a series of surgeries.
Some injuries involving ligaments and tendons are painful and take longer to heal. Surgery, physical therapy, and lifelong pain are some of the potential consequences. Minor injuries could heal within a short time, while severe ones might take years.
Slip and fall injuries are common at home, workplaces, and any other property with improper lighting poorly maintained floors and more. In case someone was responsible for your accident, you deserve to have your rights protected. Seek medical attention, focus on your healing process, and hire an attorney who can handle the legal process of pursuing a personal injury claim.