Media depictions of slip-and-fall accidents make them seem more like a joke than a source of serious injury. Popular culture has turned the slip-and-fall into a physical gag. While finding humor in physical events isn’t necessarily bad, creating a flippant attitude toward slip-and-fall incidents could lead people to ignore their injuries when it happens to them.
The truth is that slip-and-fall scenarios send thousands of people to hospitals every year, and a small number of these incidents may produce life-altering injuries. What are some of the more common severe injuries people suffer during a slip-and-fall?
Broken bones are a risk, especially for older adults
When people fall, they may try to catch themselves with their arms or possibly strike their legs on nearby furniture or fixtures if they flail while they fall. Especially for older adults with lower bone density, a slip-and-fall could potentially result in at least one broken bone.
Severely broken bones can end someone’s blue-collar career, result in permanent nerve damage or even cause an infection if the bone cuts through the skin.
Head injuries are possibly the worst risk of a fall
Trying to catch yourself could mean breaking a bone, but falling cleanly backward could mean striking your head on the floor, which could be far worse. Traumatic brain injuries can result from slipping, regardless of whether the person hits the floor, the wall or a piece of furniture with their head.
Especially because head injuries often have delayed symptoms, people who suffer injuries when they fall might ignore their injuries out of embarrassment or the assumption that they can’t be seriously hurt. If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall incident at a business due to negligent maintenance, you may need to file an insurance claim or even a civil lawsuit to recoup your losses.