Slips and falls are some of the most common types of accidents that can happen in both public and private places. While they may seem minor, they can have long-lasting effects on a person’s health and quality of life.
Here are some ways a slip and fall can leave you with more than a bruised ego.
1. Head injuries
Falls account for approximately 60% of head injuries in older adults. This includes concussions, traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures. These injuries may have long-term effects on a person’s physical and cognitive abilities, making it difficult to carry out daily activities or work.
2. Spinal cord injuries
A slip or fall can also cause spinal cord injuries, which may lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. These types of injuries can severely impact a person’s quality of life and ability to work or engage in recreational activities.
3. Broken bones
Older adults can also receive broken bones, including hips, wrists, and ankles, as a result of falling.
4. Soft tissue injuries
While soft tissue injuries, including sprains, strains and contusions, may seem minor, they can result in chronic pain and limited mobility.
Globally, the second leading cause of death is falling.
To prevent slips and falls, taking precautions such as wearing appropriate footwear and using handrails when available is important. Property owners and managers also have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions by taking preventive measures, such as fixing hazards promptly and posting warning signs in areas where risks exist. Failure to do so could result in a lawsuit for any injuries that may occur.