Worrying about slips and falls may seem a little silly at first glance, but they are much more serious than most people ever realize. Did you know that over 1 million people a year are seriously injured as the result of a slip or a fall? Did you know that approximately 17,000 people a year die as a result of these accidents? That’s right, that little puddle you see on a restaurant floor could be dangerous. So what are some of the more common types of injuries that result from slips and falls?
Bumps and Bruises – Bumps and bruises are by far the most common type of injury that results from a slip or a fall. Your arms, shoulders, legs, sides, and butt are all particularly susceptible to forming large, painful, yellow, black and blue bruises. These bruises are rarely serious but that can impact your way of life. They are tender and even the slightest touch to a bruise can fill you with pain! It always seems like they last for weeks on end, too.
Broken Bones – Obviously a broken bone is way more serious than a simple bump or a bruise. They result in severe pain, require immediate medical attention, and can leave you hung up for months at a time. Some broken bones can still cause you pain even long after they heal.
Head Injuries and Concussions – This one is serious, too. If you slip and fall and hit your head, you should seek medical attention without any hesitation. Our brains are complex machines and the last thing that anyone wants is for that machine to be damaged. Concussions can result in major and long lasting symptoms including: drowsiness, pain, memory loss, nausea and vomiting.
Never take your health for granted. If you experience a slip or fall seek out immediate medical attention, and follow through by contacting an attorney to explore your legal options.