Injuries happen from falls every day. Falls happen on sidewalks, in stores, offices, at construction sites. They can happen as a result of slipping or tripping. This is usually called a slip and fall, and these occur often in stores when something is left or spilled on the floor that shouldn’t be there.
Falls can also happen from heights. People fall over railings, downstairs, off of scaffolds and ladders. When falls happen because of the negligence of a third party, the injured party can bring a claim against the negligent party.
Injuries from a fall can vary depending on the type of fall and the height of the fall. Even the common slip and fall with little height can cause severe injuries. Common injuries from a fall may include any of the following:
About 165 Americans die every day from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Falls are a common cause of TBIs and other closed head injuries. In a fall, a person’s head will often make contact with the ground or another hard surface. The blow causes the brain to bounce back and forth inside the skull and can cause bruising, swelling, and tearing of tissues. Even a mild head injury like a concussion can cause memory loss, nausea, headache, and disorientation. A more serious TBI can cause cognitive impairment, brain bleeds requiring surgery, lifelong disability, and death. Those who survive a TBI often need lifelong medical and rehabilitative care to manage their daily lives.
The older you are, the more likely you are to break a bone when you fall. Falls cause enough stress on the bone that it can break easily. Any bone can break, but some breaks are more likely in a fall. For example, a wrist or arm may break if a person tries to protect themselves from a fall by putting their hands or arms down.
Hip fractures are common in a fall. According to the CDC, over 95 percent of hip fractures occur in a fall. Hip fractures are serious injuries, often requiring surgery and rehabilitation.
When falls happen from a height, such as a ladder or down stairs, broken legs are common. These too, often require surgery and pinning the bones back in place. It can take months of rehabilitation to regain normal movement.
Falls, especially those from a height, can cause enough impact on the bone to fracture vertebrae. But even a slip and fall can cause a fracture or a herniated disc. Either of these injuries causes significant pain and disruption in a person’s life. A spinal cord injury may cause paralysis.
In much the same way that a person may attempt to break a fall by stretching out their hands and arms, a person’s knee or knees can make contact with the ground first in a fall. When this happens, a person may shatter the knee cap. Or a person may twist to avoid injury to the knee as they fall, inadvertently causing a tear in a muscle or ligament inside the knee. This may require surgery to correct.
This list is not exhaustive. In addition to the above, a person may suffer contusions, sprains, and other injuries. An experienced Texas personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or someone you love was injured from a fall that was negligently caused by a third party in or near the Spring, TX, Texas area, we would like to be able to help you. We at the Holladay Law Firm pride ourselves on our zealous representation of our clients. Give us a call today at (281) 771-1331 or contact us online to see what we can do for you.