There are a few kinds of injuries that tend to be more common than others in public settings, and one of these is the slip and fall injury. A variety of issues can cause people to slip on certain surfaces, and a number of different specific injuries may be sustained by those who are the victims of such accidents.
At the offices of William Rawlings & Associates, we provide detailed personal injury attorney services to clients around Provo, Salt Lake City and nearby areas of Utah. We cover every injury type you could think of, including car accident injuries, child injuries, trampoline park injuries and more. Here are some of the most common injuries we see from clients in slip and fall cases, plus how they may play into your liability claim if you believe your injuries were caused by negligence or similar issues on the part of another party.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Some of the most common types of slip and fall injuries are soft tissue injuries such as muscle sprains or strains. These usually involve a tearing or stretching of the tendons, ligaments, muscles, or other related tissues after sudden tension is applied to them. Soft tissue injuries can be particularly painful and may take longer to heal than many other kinds of injuries.
Soft tissue injuries can also include fall injury symptoms like swelling, bruising, or pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a medical professional as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.
Particularly in areas like the wrists or ankles, which people sometimes use to try and support themselves as they’re falling or to break the fall, sprains are another common injury. Usually a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn beyond its normal range of motion. Sprains can be quite painful and, depending on their severity, may require physical therapy or other treatment in order to make sure they heal properly.
Fractures and Broken Bones
More serious slip and fall injuries involve broken bones or fractures. Broken bones are usually caused by a large force applied to one area of the body, such as when someone falls from a great height or lands awkwardly. Fractures can be particularly painful and may take months or even longer to heal properly.
Some of the most common here are hip fractures, spine fractures, and wrist fractures. Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery may be necessary to ensure it heals properly and that additional pain is minimized.
Another common slip and fall injury is knee damage. This includes things like ACL tears, meniscus tears, or general ligament sprains in the knee. These can be particularly problematic for those who are physically active, as it may take quite a bit of time for them to fully heal and regain their agility.
In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to help strengthen the muscles around the knee and increase flexibility. If this is the case, it’s possible the costs of physical therapy could be included in your eventual settlement or judgement if you’ve filed a personal injury claim.
Usually in areas like the shoulder or finger, dislocations may also be a possible outcome of a slip and fall incident. A dislocation occurs when two bones are forcibly separated, causing extreme pain and swelling. Depending on the severity of the injury, medical professionals may need to realign the bone in order to restore proper function.
Spine or Nerve Damage
Another of the more serious slip and fall injuries, damage to the spine or nerves may occur after a severe fall. This includes anything from herniated discs to nerve impingement. Depending on where the injury occurs, it can cause extreme pain and interfere with normal bodily functions like feeling and movement.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary in order to repair any damage or relieve pressure on the affected nerves. This can be quite costly, and depending on your individual situation, could be something you’d want to include in your personal injury claim if applicable.
Finally, another very serious injury that can result from a slip and fall is traumatic brain injury. This kind of injury usually occurs when the head or face are hit hard enough to cause trauma to the brain. Depending on the severity of the incident, this can range from a mild concussion to more serious and long-lasting damage.
If you believe you may have suffered any kind of brain injury, it is necessary to seek medical attention right away. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, the costs associated with treating this kind of injury may be included in your settlement or judgement.
For more here, or to learn about our personal injury attorneys and how we serve clients around Provo, SLC and other parts of Utah, speak to our team at the offices of William Rawlings & Associates today.