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What kinds of injuries happen after slip and fall accidents?

by | Jun 15, 2021

People often don’t take slip and fall accidents as seriously as they should because many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious and costly injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can drastically reduce a person’s movements and hamper their quality of life. Slip and fall victims tend to have one or more of the following injuries:

  • Broken wrists or arms, sprained or broken ankles, or fractured pelvises and hips. In fact, for elderly persons, over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. The angle of the fall and our reflexive movements to stop our fall tend to make wrist, hand, and arm injuries more likely.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Falls are the most common cause of brain injuries and concussions. Brain trauma is very serious and can cause long-term damage such as chronic headaches, depression, behavioral changes, and seizures.
  • Emotional trauma. Especially for elderly slip and fall victims, they may become afraid of falling again, even if they’re not seriously injured this time. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

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