Which Slip and Fall Injuries are the Most Severe?
Slip and fall injuries affect over a million people each year, with over 17,000 being fatal. Despite how common they are, many are not aware of the significant damage that they can do.
In most cases, slip and fall injuries cause short term pain and medical expenses on top of lost wages. However, many can have lasting and permanent issues for the victim. Learn more about some of the most common, yet severe, injuries that can occur from what seems like a minor slip and fall.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Studies show that the most common cause of brain injuries is falling, and while these injuries can range from fairly mild concussions to much more severe TBIs, it’s important to know that they can come with lasting pain and complications.
The most stressful consequence of a TBI from falls is that they can have lifelong impacts on your cognitive function, language, emotions, mobility, behavioral health and speech. In addition to this, they come with a high risk of fatality, as many might not show symptoms until days or weeks later. Remember, you are at risk of a TBI from a fall whether or not your head actually hits the ground, so look out for these symptoms:
- Persistent headache
- Dizziness and nausea
- Problems with speech
- Loss of consciousness or memory
- Sleeping more or less than usual
If you start to experience one of more of these after a fall, seek medical attention immediately.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can happen when the vertebrae, ligaments or discs in your spinal column become damaged. Since this area is half of your body’s central nervous system, it is so sensitive that these injuries are very rarely healed. Currently, there is no known cure for spinal cord damage.
Because of the severity of this injury, it’s important to know what signs of potential damage to look out for:
- Loss of function or voluntary movement in chest, arms, or legs
- Numbing or tingling in the feet or hands
- Trouble breathing
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Weakened muscles
- Oddly positioned or extreme pressure in the neck or back
It’s important to note that the closer the damage is to your brain, the more significant implications of the injury. Should you have any concerns about the above symptoms after a fall, seek immediate medical treatment.
Broken or fractured bones are some of the more common and less severe injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident. However, if left untreated or in the most severe cases, victims could be left with painful damage that may require more serious treatment.
A study from the University of Southampton Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRS LEU) found that breaks in major bones (hips, spine) can result in lifelong chronic pain for older victims. While this pain can understandably impact lifestyle and leisurely activities, there are several other negative consequences, including:
- Nerve damage
- Joint problems
- Psychological or mental health impacts
- Chronic widespread pain in the body
- Decreased strength in the fractured area
Although these longer lasting effects can occur after a broken or fractured bone, it’s important for you to know that most of these injuries can easily heal. If you experience any kind of pain, swelling, tenderness or deformity in a centralized area, you should visit a medical professional for X-rays.
Slip and falls are some of the most preventable accidents that one may experience in their lifetime and are often caused by incorrectly marked hazards in your day-to-day life. If your slip and fall injury was caused by preventable circumstances, you can take legal action.
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