As the weather gets colder and we transition into fall, leaves fall from the ground and rain turns to snow. The ground upon which we walk becomes slippery from debris and water. When the ground is slippery or uneven, accidents usually called slips and falls occur. These accidents are more serious than people realize and get lead to serious injuries. Most of the time, victims of slip and falls are going about their daily routine and are unaware of the hazardous conditions that are around them. Therefore, when they fall, they are falling at full speed.
One of the most common injuries that are sustained from a slip and fall are hip injuries. The hip is one of the widest parts of your body and therefore takes the greatest impact when you fall. Strains, sprains, and tears to the ligaments, tendons or muscles surrounding the hip can occur causing pain, weakness or swelling of the hip area. Hip dislocation also can occur when the femur bone moves out of its socket. This can be extremely painful and cause numbness in the foot and ankle. Hip fractures can also occur in the femur or thigh bone. Usually, surgery is required to repair the femur bone.
Head injuries are another injury that is common with slip and fall accidents. Head injuries have a vast range of severities, sometimes leading to a small cut or scape. Other times, a direct hit to the head from a fall can lead to loss of consciousness and other serious medical conditions. With any head injury, it’s imperative to seek medical treatment immediately. Symptoms of a concussion sometimes do not appear until after the accident or at all. Even if you feel fine after the injury, going to the hospital to rule out anything serious is important. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can lead to lifelong disabilities.
When an individual falls or sleeps, many times they may reach out to try and break their fall. Sometimes, when this happens, a huge amount of pressure is felt through the arms and into the shoulders. When too much pressure is applied in these situations, it is common for the shoulder to become injured. Since the shoulder has three main bones and is joined together by several different ligaments, tendons, and muscles, shoulder pain can be caused from an injury sustained to any of those areas such as a fracture, dislocation or a soft-tissue injury.
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident, the best course of action after seeking medical treatment the best course of action is to contact a personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances leading to your fault and figure out who is liable for your injury. We will then negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you that you get the maximum settlement possible so you can rest and recover from your injuries without having to worry about your financial future.