On TV shows and in movies, slip and fall accidents are often portrayed as funny. We’re all familiar with the old joke about slipping on a banana peel. But in real life, slip and fall injuries can cause permanent, lifelong disabilities or even death.
Here are some of the ways slip, trip, and fall accidents can cause serious harm:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that families and workplaces focus on reducing slip and fall injury risks in order to help reduce fall and injury risks.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
A slip and fall that results in a blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. Even mild traumatic brain injuries can cause lingering problems with balance, vision, pain and nausea, mood, and memory. A more severe TBI can cause lifelong problems with movement, thought, and mood, and the most severe brain injuries typically prove fatal.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord may be injured in the twisting action of fall or by the impact of the body striking the ground or another object. Spinal cord injuries are among the most difficult catastrophic injuries to treat and the most expensive, requiring lifelong care in many cases.
A broken bone caused by a fall may require multiple surgeries to repair. The injured person may need to spend weeks or months in bed, losing productive work time. Medical needs like physical therapy and medication to treat chronic pain may be ongoing. Fractures are a particular concern for older adults, because the resulting lack of mobility can greatly increase the risk of an early death.
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