Three Serious Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
While most falls only cause slight to extreme embarrassment, some falls can cause more serious injuries. Below is a list of three serious injuries that can and have been caused by a slip and fall accident.
1. Brain InjuryAccording to the Brain Injury Institute, the number one cause of brain injuries is slip and fall accidents. These injuries are caused when a person falls and hits his or head on the floor or some other object. Car accidents are the second leading cause of brain injuries. A brain injury can cause physical, cognitive and emotional impairments, either permanent or temporary.
2. FracturesFalls account for a large percentage of fractures occurring in the United States, especially in the older population. Falls account for over 85% of the fractures in adults over the age of 65. Fractures of the wrist, ankle and hip are the most common types of fractures suffered by people in slip and fall accidents. Fractures to adults over the age of 65 due to slip and falls are more prevalent than fractures to younger adults because as we age our bone density and muscle mass decreases. At the same time, our vision and balance can deteriorate. These physical deteriorations make slipping and falling on unsafe surfaces harder to avoid.
3. Shoulder InjuriesWhile shoulder pain can develop over time due to numerous causes, the most common cause of shoulder pain is an accident. Because of the shoulder's mobility, it can be easily injured in a slip and falls accident. Shoulder separations can occur when an individual reaches his or her arm out while falling. Other shoulder injuries include fractures, sprains and tears, all of which can be caused by a falling accident.
Contact A Slip & Fall Lawyer For HelpWhile most slip and falls do not result in serious injury, the number one cause of emergency room visits each year are falls. Over 8 million people in the United States will visit the emergency room due to a fall. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, of these 8 million emergency room visits, over one million will be caused by slip and falls accidents, most of which occur on flat surfaces. Not surprisingly, with over 37,000 grocery stores in the United States, most slip and falls occurring in commercial settings occur at grocery stores. In Idaho, like in most states, businesses are required to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If a business does not keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition, a business may be found liable for an injury caused by the unsafe condition, including slip and fall injuries.