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Long-Term Health Implications of Slip and Fall Injuries

Mar 9th 2015 at 12:46 AM

A slip and fall accident can potentially occur anywhere you walk. Sidewalks, parking lots and stores are all common sites for falls. Loose gravel, electrical cords, oil, grease and uneven boards or tiles are also potentially hazardous. These accidents can lead to serious injuries that continue to require care over time.

Beyond cuts and bruises, bone breaks and fractures are among the most common injuries caused by slips on walkways. The elbows and hips are particularly susceptible when it comes to breaks and fractures. Though bones can heal, patients often need time off work to recover and are left with large medical bills. Hip injuries can continue to impact future health, particularly for the spine and pelvis.

Another common concern after a fall is damage to the brain. When the head hits a hard surface like concrete or pavement, concussions or traumatic brain injuries can occur. Symptoms of concussions include nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, confusion and memory loss. Even though these symptoms may quickly subside, research has shown that damage from concussions can last for decades following the event. Studies found that deterioration of motor pathways led to issues with memory and attention years after concussions initially occurred.

While concussions may have long-term implications, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are even more serious when it comes to head injuries related to falling events. Mild TBIs happen when unconsciousness or disorientation occurs for less than thirty minutes. Signs may include headache, problems with attention and memory, frustration and mood swings. These symptoms can be delayed and are sometimes missed by family or medical professionals. Consciousness lost for more than thirty minutes is classified as severe TBI and may be associated with impaired cognitive function, abnormal speech or language, limited arm and leg function, or loss of thinking ability.

The severity of symptoms and range of recovery time for injuries related to slip and fall accidents vary depending on the individual. Environmental factors also contribute to the type and severity of problems caused by these events. The height from which the fall occurs, the position at landing and the previous physical condition of the person all contribute to the severity and location of the injury.

Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere you can walk. Depending on the surrounding conditions of the fall and a person’s previous health, these injuries can have serious implications over time. Brain damage may result in a term of unresponsiveness while bone breaks and fractures can continue to cause problems.

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Eric is an experienced legal advisor. You can find his thoughts at tumblr blog.

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