How Can Slip and Fall Accidents Cause Serious Injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number-one cause of injuries and death among older adults in the United States. The CDC estimates that 734,000 patients were hospitalized with fall injuries in 2013 alone.
While many Nebraska families know that elderly persons are at risk of serious injury in a fall, fewer people know that a catastrophic injury caused by a fall can happen to anyone. Here are a few of the ways in which a serious injury might result from a slip, trip, or fall accident:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) might occur if the fall results in a blow to the head. For instance, if the head strikes an object on the way down or hits the ground, a TBI can result. Even a mild TBI can cause problems with pain, nausea, thought, and mood. Severe brain injuries may leave a person in need of lifelong care or even result in death.
- Spinal cord injuries can be caused by slip, trip, or fall in many ways. The impact of the fall might injure the spine, especially if the person lands on the head or neck. Spinal cord injuries are among some of the most expensive and difficult injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents.
- Broken bones may require surgery, physical therapy, and other costly treatment. For older adults in particular, a fracture can cause loss of independence or mobility.
At Cullan & Cullan, LLC, our experienced Omaha premises liability attorneys work hard to pursue the compensation each of our clients deserves, while also protecting their legal rights. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact our office today.