Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. A slip and fall accident might change your day, week and sometimes your life. Such occurrences can happen to anyone at anytime and anywhere.
Depending on the severity of the fall, it might cost between a few dollars to millions of dollars’ worth of medical bills. Slip, and falls are some of the accidental injuries that personal injury lawyers can litigate. Therefore, you may want to consult a reputable attorney in Los Angeles such as Fisher & Talwar to help you seek compensation.
Here are the common injuries sustained from slip and fall accidents:
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries can range from a minor ankle sprain to large tears of ligaments and tendons. It might take hours, days or even weeks before you notice you sustained a soft tissue injury during the incident. If left unattended, these injuries might cause severe pain and thus make you more susceptible to consequent injuries. That is why you should always seek attention after the accident even if you do not have immediate symptoms of injury. Considering that they are not outwardly visible, they are difficult to prove during a lawsuit.
Broken bones such as hip fractures are painful and vary from minor fractures to severe breaks that may require the injured to undergo surgery. At times, the tissue around the bone is also damaged, demanding subsequent therapy to prevent neuromuscular dysfunction. A popular myth suggests that if you can move your joint, then your bone is not broken. However, this is not true and thus should not prevent you from seeking medical attention. A fracture can only be detected using diagnostic equipment such as X-rays.
Cuts and abrasions
When a slip and fall accident causes cuts and abrasions, people tend to perceive the injury as severe. However, in most cases, cuts and abrasions are only superficial and consequently require superficial treatment and maybe some stitching. Arm, leg, hips and head abrasions are most common. If the impact of the fall is high, cuts and abrasions might be chronic and thus require intensive medical treatment such as surgery to remove clots.
Head injuries might cause severe repercussions. Thus, every head injury despite the severity is a medical emergency. If you hurt your head and there is bleeding, swelling or a brief loss of consciousness, seek immediate medical attention. Minor effects might pass on with time, but chronic ones such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) might alter your functionality permanently. You cannot rely on signs and symptoms alone to tell if you have head injuries as some injuries produce minimal symptoms at first. Regardless of how okay you feel, see a doctor immediately.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is compressed. Such injuries are usually life threatening. Thus immediate medical attention is needed. They are costly to treat, requiring even millions of dollars. An injury at the highest section of the spinal cord is harder to treat as compared to that which is at a lower part. High spinal cord injuries usually lead to quadriplegia (total paralysis); while injuries in the lower parts of the cervical cord cause paraplegia (paralysis of the lower limbs).