Slip & Fall Services
Slipping and falling may seem like no big deal, but the truth is that this kind of accident can and will often cause serious injury. The full extent of the injury may not be realized until later (sometimes even the pain can take a while to set in), while in other cases the victim knows immediately that they are in trouble. Either way, it is important to know why slipping and falling can result in the need for medical attention and what further action, if any, you should take.
What Kind of Injuries Result From Slipping and Falling?
While people can fall unexpectedly due to a variety of circumstances, the truth is that slipping and falling often takes people by the most surprise and leaves them unprepared. Because victims usually slip forward or backward, the exact manner in which they fall is usually a huge contributor to their injury (of course, falling on hard surfaces or certain objects in general doesn’t help). For example, slipping and falling backwards causes people to land directly on their backs, pelvises and/or heads. Slipping and falling forward isn’t much better though, as victims of these falls often suffer wrist, arm and hand injuries due to their body’s natural reaction of putting out their hands to stop the rest of themselves from hitting the floor.
Common injuries from slips and falls include (but are not limited to):
- Breaks and sprains
Ongoing problems may include muscle and joint pain and poor mobility due to broken bones and torn muscles and ligaments. Fortunately, an MRI and physical rehabilitation together can help you create the best possible recovery plan. Even when medication diminishes pain, physical therapy can help make sure that everything heals properly and does not cause long-term problems.
Slip and fall injuries are a lot more common than you’d think. According to the National Safety Council, every year there are 540,000 slip and fall injuries that require immediate medical attention. A staggering 300,000 of those are disabling, and some 25,000 end up being fatal.
Should Legal Action Be Taken?
If the fall happened on someone else’s property, many victims and their families may find themselves wondering if they should file a claim. For severe injuries and those that require ongoing medical care, settlements can indeed help pay for treatment. In most areas, lawsuits must be filed within two years of the accident. Having proper documentation of the incident, including the evaluation and diagnosis of a health professional, will always help your case.
The best way of course to avoid any of this is to prevent slipping and falling entirely. While accidents can still happen, you can reduce the risk by making sure spills are cleaned up immediately, that toys and other objects that can get underfoot are not left in walkways, that file cabinets and drawers are closed when not in use, that loose cables are taped down securely, etc. And of course, always look where you are walking.