While you may view a slip-and-fall as a minor incident, you can sometimes sustain serious injuries. A previous blog discussed brain injuries incurred after a slip-and-fall. This blog will cover the other kinds of wounds you might experience.
When you fall, you might harm your knees. The Brain Injury Society says that if your knees twist as you fall, you might dislocate your knee or sustain an injury to the ligament or cartilage. These wounds can cause you to feel much pain because your knees support a significant portion of your body weight. You may also wound your shoulders. Your rotator cuff might be strained or sprained or even torn if your fall is a particularly bad one. These injuries occur because you may sometimes use your hands to catch yourself or your shoulder may take the brunt of the fall.
Your spinal cord can also be injured when you fall. A fall sometimes causes your neck to experience whiplash and you may also have tingling and numbness in your hands, as well as neck pain. In some cases you may find that your range of motion is temporarily decreased or that you have headaches. While many of these injuries heal with time, they may sometimes be permanent.
Sometimes you may break a bone during a fall. You may sustain a hip fracture if you land on your backside, which can have long-lasting consequences if you are elderly. You can also break your arm or wrist if you grasp something in an attempt to break your fall. Additionally, falls can cause a compression fracture or herniated disk in your lower back.
This information is intended to educate and should not be used in place of legal advice.